Lexington Catholic’s Zan Payne made his commitment to Kentucky official today by inking his paperwork during a ceremony at his school.
Payne is of course the son of UK assistant coach Kenny Payne, and his addition to the roster may have a big impact on his dad’s future on John Calipari’s coaching staff.
Zan Payne officially signs with Kentucky Basketball. pic.twitter.com/GtjJSiHhDn
— Jonathan Dunn (@jdunnlex18) May 17, 2018
In an exclusive interview with KSR, Coach Payne said, “I get to monitor him and make sure he’s doing what he needs to do. I get to be hard on him, to push him beyond what he thinks he can go because he’s my blood. I’m not one of those fathers that is going to ever be easy on mine. I’m going to be harder on mine because I know this is bigger than basketball. It’s life.”
He also said he hopes he and Calipari can win a title while their sons are on the team.
“It would be a great experience for them. It would be really gratifying for me and Cal, but more importantly for the Big Blue Nation, the fans, the administration, for the kids, their families.”
Zan Payne ranks 14th in Lexington Catholic history with 1,282 points in his career. He also ranks fourth in school history in rebounds, while earning All-City and All-Region honors his last two seasons.