Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Stover, Payne joins Vikings roster

Cleveland State welcomed its largest freshmen class this week when students returned to campus for the start of the fall semester.

Among the 2,000 freshmen enrolled at CSU was former St. Ignatius standout Deven Stover.

Stover, a Solon native, will join the men's basketball program as a preferred walk-on, CSU head coach Dennis Felton announced on Tuesday.

"We're excited to add a local player of Deven's ability to our program," Felton said in a written statement. "Deven enjoyed an outstanding career at Cleveland St. Ignatius, which culminated in an epic game against Garfield Heights in the regional semifinals in the Wolstein Center. Deven has terrific size, strength and versatility that allows him to fill many roles in our positionless system of basketball. I look forward to coaching him and helping him grow."
Stover is a 6-foot-5 wing.  He originally committed to Navy, but reopened his recruitment in April after spending one season at the Naval Academy Prep School.

During his prep year, Stover led the team in scoring (13.5 ppg) and assists (5.0).

Stover was a four-year letterwinner at St. Ignatius. He earned team MVP honors as a junior and senior and Best Offensive Player Award distinction in each of his final three seasons.

As a senior, Stover led St. Ignatius in scoring with 16.4 points per game and helped the Wildcats to the regional finals in 2016.

Payne joins program:

On Wednesday, Felton announced that David Payne has joined the men's basketball roster as a preferred walk-on.

Payne, a 6-foot-5 shooting guard from Malcolm X (Junior) College in Chicago, will have two years of eligibility left with the Vikings.

"David is a great athlete who brings good size, physicality and experience,"Felton said in a written statement. "He had an accomplished career at Malcom X Community College and is extremely serious and motivated. I look forward to working with him and watching his teammates lead him to get up to speed with what it means to be a Viking."

A Evergreen Park, IL native, Payne averaged 13.7 points per game last year for the Hawks.

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