Is new NC State Head Men’s Basketball Coach Mark Gottfried already making waves nationally?
Cully Payne was the starting PG at Iowa before suffering a season ending injury. Yesterday morning, Payne was released from his scholarship and announced plans to transfer.
Payne is a Chicago guy, putting Illinois-Chicago, Loyola, and Northern Illinois in the mix of possible landing spots. However, the 21 year old said something that I took note of, “The guy Iâ€™d love to play for just got a job today”.
Do what? Now, I don’t watch ESPN 24/7, actually, not even 1/7 because I choose to be frugal and not spend money on cable or satellite, but back to the point, I am pretty sure we had the only NCAA college basketball Head Coach hire on Tuesday.Â He goes on to say, “I canâ€™t really say too much about that, but that would definitely be [a] place Iâ€™d look atâ€.
So, who is this Cully Payne? How good is he? What type of character does he have? And can he contribute to the Wolfpack basketball program? I guess those are questions that new NCSU coach Gottfried may be asking this week.
New found information. Looking over his ESPN Recruiting page, saw this at the bottom: “Released from letter of intent to Alabama in March ’09 following coaching change”. Now that is IMPORTANT INFO.
Player Bio from Iowa Hawkeyes basketball site, “Team co-captain (2010-11)… ranks third in Iowa freshman history in single-season assists (122)… enters 2011-12 season with 12 career games scoring in double figures and 12 games of dishing out five assists or more… started the first 37 games of his career.”
Points: 25 vs. Michigan, 3/11/10
Rebounds: 6 vs. Duquesne, 11/17/09
FGM: 9 vs. Michigan, 3/11/10
FGA: 16 vs. Michigan, 3/11/10
3-pt. FG: 5 vs. Michigan, 3/11/10
3-pt. FGA: 10 vs. Michigan, 3/11/10
FTM: 9 vs. Indiana, 2/28/10
FTA: 10 vs. Indiana, 2/18/10
Assists: 7, four times, last vs. Louisiana-Monroe, 11/16/10
Steals: 2, four times, last vs. Indiana, 2/28/10