Basketball Signs Adam Payton
Tenn. Vanderbilt mens basketball coach Kevin
Stallings announced today the signing of Adam Payton to a
national letter of intent. Payton is a 6-3, 180-pound player
from Burlington, N.J.
is an exceptional athlete and a well-rounded person,
Stallings said. He is coming from The Lawrenceville
School, which is a prep school with great academic standards.
So, we think he is well prepared academically, emotionally
and athletically to join our team. Our hope is that he can
contribute immediately and help solidify our perimeter positions.
a senior, Payton averaged 22 points, 7 rebounds, 3.5 assists
and 2.5 three pointers per game, while shooting 75 percent
from the free-throw line. In just three years at The Lawrenceville
School, Payton scored 1,390 points to become the schools
all-time leading scorer. He played his freshman year at Burlington
who was a team captain as a senior, led his team to an 18-8
record and the Class A Prep state championship as a junior
and led the team to the state semifinals as a senior. Three
times he has been tabbed First-Team All-Prep by the Newark
Star-Ledger and was named the Star-Ledgers
Prep Player of the Year this past season. The Trenton Times
named Payton All-Prep Player of the Year, All-Prep First Team
and All-Area First Team as a senior.
the addition of Payton, Vanderbilt will welcome five freshmen
for the 2002-2003 season. Joining Payton are Bryson Krueger
(6-6, Guard, Tempe, Ariz., Mountain Pointe High School); Mario
Moore (5-11, 155, Point Guard, Nashville, Tenn., Antioch High
School); Ted Skuchas (6-11, 240, Center, Fort Washington,
Penn., Germantown Academy); and Julian Terrell (6-9, 220,
Center/Forward, Nashville, Tenn., Ezell-Harding).