Last week, Josh Moore of the Herald-Leader reported 2018 prospect Zan Payne, son of UK assistant coach Kenny Payne, could end up at Kentucky next season.
“Heâ€™s going to play out the season then consider his options, which include prep school or possibly walking on for the hometown Wildcats,” Moore said.
This weekend, SEC Country’s Joe Mussatto caught up with Zan at the Marshall County Hoopfest and talked to him about the idea of playing for his father at Kentucky.
Not only did he say his father wasn’t recruiting him to Kentucky, he said the UK assistant was pushing him to play elsewhere.
â€œHe would rather me play D-I somewhere else, but if not Iâ€™d walk-on at Kentucky,â€ Payne said.
So why would a father not recruit his son to the school he coached at? Because Payne thinks Zan is good enough to earn a scholarship elsewhere.
â€œHe thinks Iâ€™m better than walking-on, so thatâ€™s why he would rather me go to a different school,â€Â he said.
The addition of Brad Calipari likely kept Coach Cal at Kentucky for another four years, so the idea of keeping Payne here another four years (at minimum) sounds pretty great. That being said, can you blame a guy for wanting his son to earn a scholarship and more playing time at a smaller school?
Zan Payne didn’t completely rule out playing at UK, but it certainly isn’t the lock many people expected.
We’ll see what happens in the next few months.