As if this weren't bad enough.
"I'm a Wildcat," Payne said before repeating himself. "I'm a Wildcat."
This tidbit gets thrown out there.
"I really liked the Kentucky program," he said. "I was really close to signing. But in the end, my parents felt Wade would be more of a father figure to me."
Payne was also put off by UK being in a coaching transition from Joe B. Hall to Eddie Sutton.
A few years later, Payne served as host on Rex Chapman's recruiting visit to U of L. Payne said he encouraged Chapman to sign with Kentucky because UK's roster held much more promise for playing time and a starring role.
Not a cool move.