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2019 - Chris Payton, 6-7/205, SF, Bloomington, IL

Adunk33
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It seems to me Chris has embraced becoming a big-man rather than a stretch 4. No outside shots in this highlight reel.

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Probably more to do he was the second tallest on meanstreets. Only one inch behind the tallest...and Payton is only 6'7. Might be 6'8 in a few years by he should focus more stretch

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Adunk33 wrote:
Tue Aug 21, 2018 3:42 pm


It seems to me Chris has embraced becoming a big-man rather than a stretch 4. No outside shots in this highlight reel.
With today's basketball style of position-less players a stretch 4 is an old school term... all desirable "4"s can shoot from the outside and can face the basketball offensively. Generally speaking if a player is an old school "4" and can't shoot he is challenged trying to earn playing time. There are exceptions..ie an Ethan Happ though Ethan has decent handles and is exceptional around the basket.

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Tue Aug 21, 2018 4:19 pm

He needs about 25 pounds on that frame good lord.

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ChiRedbirdfan wrote:
Tue Aug 21, 2018 4:16 pm
Adunk33 wrote:
Tue Aug 21, 2018 3:42 pm


It seems to me Chris has embraced becoming a big-man rather than a stretch 4. No outside shots in this highlight reel.
With today's basketball style of position-less players a stretch 4 is an old school term... all desirable "4"s can shoot from the outside and can face the basketball offensively. Generally speaking if a player is an old school "4" and can't shoot he is challenged trying to earn playing time. There are exceptions..ie an Ethan Happ though Ethan has decent handles and is exceptional around the basket.
I honestly think we have enough guys shooting outside shots. We need some rebounding and clean-up. This guy looks good.

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@VerbalCommits: 2019 Bloomington (IL) F Chris Payton has received an offer from Murray State. http://verbalcommits.com/players/chris-payton

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NaperRedbird88 wrote:@VerbalCommits: 2019 Bloomington (IL) F Chris Payton has received an offer from Murray State. http://verbalcommits.com/players/chris-payton

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On verbalcommits.com, it says Payton's interest is closed on Illinois, SLU, and Bradley. Shows his interest in five MMs, which includes us.

What happened with UI? Did they not offer?

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SoCalRedbird wrote:
Sat Sep 01, 2018 7:07 pm
NaperRedbird88 wrote:@VerbalCommits: 2019 Bloomington (IL) F Chris Payton has received an offer from Murray State. http://verbalcommits.com/players/chris-payton

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On verbalcommits.com, it says Payton's interest is closed on Illinois, SLU, and Bradley. Shows his interest in five MMs, which includes us.

What happened with UI? Did they not offer?

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Says committed elsewhere. Probably placed there when he committed to ISU and when he decommitted they never got seriously involved again

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Any ideas on what our chances are to still get him? I keep waiting for some big schools to offer him, but then it's Valpo and not Kansas. Has his stock suddenly fallen, or do we think a big school still scoops in at the last moment? Seems like it should've happened already. Love to see him as a Redbird still...

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JHBird wrote:
Wed Oct 03, 2018 2:17 pm
Any ideas on what our chances are to still get him? I keep waiting for some big schools to offer him, but then it's Valpo and not Kansas. Has his stock suddenly fallen, or do we think a big school still scoops in at the last moment? Seems like it should've happened already. Love to see him as a Redbird still...
I'd imagine better and better. If we make some noise in the preseason the buzz around town could only help our chances.

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Flagship08 wrote:
Wed Oct 03, 2018 2:27 pm
JHBird wrote:
Wed Oct 03, 2018 2:17 pm
Any ideas on what our chances are to still get him? I keep waiting for some big schools to offer him, but then it's Valpo and not Kansas. Has his stock suddenly fallen, or do we think a big school still scoops in at the last moment? Seems like it should've happened already. Love to see him as a Redbird still...
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I'd imagine better and better. If we make some noise in the preseason the buzz around town could only help our chances.

The final signing day for the fall period is November 21st (if he signs an NLI at least. He could always verbal again but I imagine Dan would require an NLI at this point). He has said he wants to havd it wrapped up by then. I think he would like to see isu play good before he commits but only a few games before November 21st. However, by happenstance Georgia is November 20th and clemson (assuming we both win) is November 21st and the game will be over before 3PM central time so plenty of time to sign if he waits until after the Clemson game.

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#Illini Basketball recruiting update - Bloomington, IL. 3- ⭐️ 6'7” power forward Chris Payton said: I will be going up this weekend to watch their scrimmage. https://t.co/riOnw7ElSc

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Wed Oct 24, 2018 6:34 am

So, pretty much his final four are SIU, Valpo, ISU, and Illinois?

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Jsnhbe1Birds wrote:
Wed Oct 24, 2018 6:34 am
So, pretty much his final four are SIU, Valpo, ISU, and Illinois?
I mean, he holds offers from three of the four, if that's what you're asking. Illinois has not offered again after he reopened his recruitment. He has not indicated any sort of "cut" to his list.

He holds offers from Murray State, Middle Tennessee, New Mexico, and the ones you've mentioned. I think it could be telling if he takes in either of our upcoming exhibition games or the FGCU game. I still have a feeling he will commit to wherever he is going in the Spring, that way he has another his senior season under his belt to try to build his stock more.

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Wed Oct 24, 2018 12:16 pm

He has not academically qualified

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Buffett wrote:
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He has not academically qualified
Another reason he will likely wait until the spring.

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Wed Oct 24, 2018 8:33 pm

JShe has a better chance of playing for ISU than Payton does.

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Sun Nov 04, 2018 2:06 pm

Illini 247 guy derek piper reported that Chris was at the Wesleyan game Friday. I think he really wants that Illini offer. Their message board people mostly think he isn't good enough for them. Most, not all.

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bombay wrote:
Sun Nov 04, 2018 2:06 pm
Illini 247 guy derek piper reported that Chris was at the Wesleyan game Friday. I think he really wants that Illini offer. Their message board people mostly think he isn't good enough for them. Most, not all.
He wants to finish 12th in the Big 10

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Sun Nov 04, 2018 10:52 pm

Illinois has basically struck out on every 2019 recruit they have offered thus far. Not looking good.


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