Not First or Last

Cully Payne’s recent decision to back out of his commitment to DePaul shouldn’t surprise most who follow recruiting.

I don’t blame the Schaumburg junior at all. What incoming freshman wouldn’t accept a potential scholarship to a big-time basketball program, especially one where the player could remain close to home?

Now with his stock at an all-time high after his junior season, Payne chose to play the field again in an effort to hook up with a school that has experienced more success.

Good for him. Sure, it might make him look selfish for turning his back on the Blue Demons and coach Jerry Wainwright, but college coaches serve their own self interests every chance they get. And who knows? Wainwright might not even be around by the time Payne would have enrolled at DePaul. Do you think a new coach would honor such an early commitment?

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