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Kenny Payne’s son may walk on at Kentucky


We already have one coach’s son on the team, and it looks like another is entirely possible for 2018.

Kenny Payne’s son, Zan Payne, is currently turning heads for Lexington Catholic, and he’ll be exploring his options for college this offseason.

According to Josh Moore of the Lexington-Herald, Zan could possibly walk on at Kentucky.

The son of UK assistant coach Kenny Payne doesn’t have any Division I offers at the moment. He’s going to play out the season then consider his options, which include prep school or possibly walking on for the hometown Wildcats.

“He’s gonna leave here being a 1,000-point scorer and is probably one of the best rebounders we’ve ever had in school history,” Coach Brandon Salsman said of the 6-foot-5 forward.

Brad Calipari likely kept Coach Cal here for another four years, and it’s likely this move would make a similar impact on Payne staying in Lexington for the next several years.

Here are the highlights from his junior year:

What do you guys think?

Article written by Jack Pilgrim

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7 responses to “Kenny Payne’s son may walk on at Kentucky”

  1. opinpi

    Duke lock!

  2. marcusfurn

    Kid could be 5’2″ 200 lbs and if it would keep KP here for another 4 yrs I’m all for it!

    1. Bull Filmer

      I agree. Thought Kenny was headed back to uavel once RP was fired.

  3. Hereforbeer

    This might be a smart university after all! Hell ya

  4. Rabbi Li

    All I can say is in 3 years when John’s son is the “best shooter on the team” and Kenny’s son is “best rebounder on the team” that their asses are squarely situated on the end of the bench.

  5. pancakesfordinner

    Normally I would mock a mix tape that includes that much free throw shooting, but our team could use that. He’s a little undersized for a front court player, but I’m sure if he listens to his dad he’ll play tough. He definitely goes into contact, which is a great start.

  6. looking4number8

    I remain on the fence until we have video of how he handles being yelled at by 24,000 fans saying, “shoot it!”