Murray State men’s basketball coach Steve Prohm announced the signing of Cameron Payne and Jarvis Williams who will join the Racers in the fall of 2013.
Cameron Payne is a 6-2 guard from Lausanne Collegiate School in Memphis, Tenn., while Jarvis Williams is a 6-8 forward from Gordon State College in Barnesville, Ga.
“This is exciting to have Cameron and Jarvis in the fold,” Prohm said. “Our staff did a tremendous job of evaluating their talent and building relationships with them so that they want to be part of our family here at Murray State. I think both of them will have tremendous careers at Murray State.”
Cameron Payne – Lausanne Collegiate School (Memphis, Tenn.)
Cameron Payne is coming off a junior season in 2011-12 in which he was part of a team that advanced to the quarterfinals of the Tennessee D-2 Class 1A State Tournament and were 23-8.
Payne scored 22 points per game as a junior and dished out four assists per game for Coach Ken White.
“Cameron is a good shooter and he’s long so he can defend,” White said. “He’s unselfish and loves to win. He’s a competitor and hates to lose. Murray State is a great fit for him. One of his best qualities is his leadership skills. Helping to make his teammates better is important to him. I know he’s excited to be coming to Murray State.”
Payne was a 41 percent shooter as a junior from three-point range and he was 78 percent from the free throw line.
He had a big night with 34 points against St. George’s Independent School last spring in a region championship win. Payne was a Tennessee Mr. Basketball Finalist for Division II-A and was named to the Tennessee Sports’ Writer’s Association All-State Team. The Commercial Appeal has twice named him to its Best of Preps All-City Team.
“We’re really excited to get Cameron into the Racer Basketball family,” Prohm said. “Cameron has been a priority since day one. He’s crafty and has a high skill level. Defensively he’s long. With the way we want to play, he’ll fit in really well and have a chance to have an impact as a freshman.”
Payne will be a freshman with the Racers in 2013.
Jarvis Williams – Gordon State College (Barnesville, Ga.)
Jarvis Williams played at Wilkinson County High School in Irwinton, Ga., where he was part of a 2010-11 team that won the Georgia State Class-A Championship.
Last season as a freshman at Gordon State, Williams scored 18 points per game and pulled down 11 rebounds per game while earning Honorable Mention All-America by the National Junior College Athletic Association. He was also named Freshman of the Year in the Georgia Collegiate Athletic Association.
Williams shot 58 percent from the field in 2011-12 for the Highlanders and 70 percent from the free throw line. He also had a game in which he set the school record with 18 rebounds.
“Jarvis is non-stop motion,” Gordon State Head Coach Israel Ingle said. “He’s extremely athletic with great feet. Not many guys possess the ability to run and jump that he has. When Jarvis and his Father visited Murray State, they were very impressed by the program and the fan atmosphere there.”
Leading Gordon State to a 5-0 start and a 15th national NJCAA ranking, Williams is scoring 20.7 points per game and grabbing 9.3 rebounds per game.
“We’re losing Ed Daniel after this season, so we wanted to bring in an experienced guy like Jarvis,” Prohm said. “He brings the same kind of intangibles that Ed possesses. He’s a great athlete, with a great motor who is a shot blocker and can score around the basket. He’ll have a chance to make an immediate impact next season. Jarvis plays with great energy and we’re really looking forward to having him in the Racer family as well.”
Williams will be a junior for the Racers in 2013.