Former Top 50 recruit Omar Payne is headed to the Big Ten

Omar Payne, a one-time Top 50 recruit who spent the last two seasons at Florida, has found a new college home. He committed to Illinois on Saturday morning.


A 6'10 center, Payne is a once-coveted recruit who never could make it work at Florida, averaging just 3.8 points per game last season. Still, he is a nice security blanket assuming Illini big guy Kofi Cockburn declares for the draft after this season.