“Quinten loves the game of basketball,” Whitford said in a release. “He has the desire to be a great player."
The 6-foot-5 wing played at St. Charles (Ill.) North High School, where he was recently named as an honorable mention all-state senior season in Illinois' Class 4A.
Payne originally signed last fall with Loyola (ill.). However, when his older brother, Cully, left the Ramblers program in late March, Quentin re-opened his recruitment.
Payne scored 1,354 points over three seasons at St. Charles North, earning All-Upstate Eight Conference honors all three years. He averaged 19.8 points and 4.9 rebounds per game last season and shot 39 percent from 3-point range.
He is ranked as the 10th-best player in the Illinois Class of 2013 and the No. 45 small forward in the country by ESPN Recruiting Nation. He averaged 17 points and 6.7 rebounds as a junior.
Payne joins other Cardinal recruits Zavier Turner (Pike High School, Indianapolis), Franko House (Concord High School, Elkhart), and Mark Alstork (Thurgood Marshall High School, Dayton).
"He brings a skill set that will make our team better with his ability to both shoot and drive the basketball," Whitford said. "He is a versatile player who loves to compete and wants to be great.”