Loyola Marymount leading scorer Evan Payne has announced via Instagram that he will transfer from the school.
As many teams’ seasons come to end, more decisions like Payne’s will come to light. The stud point guard will likely have a very attractive market after averaging 18.0 points per game during his sophomore campaign.
Still, off the court problems caused Payne to miss the ending of the 2014-15 season and led Payne to elect to transfer. It remains to be seen what exactly prompted the suspension, but it may raise serious question marks for potential teams.
“I have come to my decision to end my time here at LMU,” Payne wrote. “I’m just on an intense mission to achieve goals that some would believe to be impossible for me to reach.”
Nonetheless, the Ohio native is ultra talented and will provide whichever team that picks him up with a fantastic court general. To put it simply, Payne is an animal on the basketball court and has the ability to score on any given play. The high-level athlete will have two years of eligibility remaining and should find a home with a top program.
On the other hand, the Lions lose their top player from a team that struggled to an 8-23 finish. The program has not qualified for the NCAA Tournament since the 1990 season and doesn’t look close to finding similar success any time soon. Now, they will have to replace Payne and figure which direction the program is headed.
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