Two-time letterman ... adapted well to head coach Jim Crews' system a year ago ... will be among a small group of returnees in the backcourt ... will be counted on for solid, consistent effort each time out ... impressive athletic talent ... strong, physical backcourt performer ... outstanding leaper ... has ability to play both guard spots.
As a sophomore: was one of only five Black Knights to appear in all 27 games ... drew 13 starting assignments, fourth highest total on the team ... averaged 3.4 ppg. and 2.7 rpg. ... shot .385 from the floor and .875 from the foul line ... free throw percentage was tops on the team ... listed third on the team with 37 assists (1.4 apg.) ... tied for fourth in rebounding ... made first career start in season-opening trip to Duke ... led Black Knights with 10 points opposite nationally ranked Blue Devils ... also notched five boards at Duke ... forged 10 points later in campaign during home battle with Fairleigh Dickinson ... forged season-high 11 markers in home tilt with Lehigh ... finished with those three double-digit outings ... snared season-high six caroms versus New York City College of Technology ... equalled that total in home finale versus Bucknell ... dished out career-high four assists in back-to-back home games against league rivals Colgate and Lehigh ... registered five boards in four other outings.
As a freshman: appeared in 27 of the team's 28 games ... sat out only the Stony Brook contest ... averaged 2.8 ppg. and 1.7 rpg. ... shot .400 from the field, .313 from three-point range and .611 from the foul line ... was named Patriot League "Rookie of the Week" on Dec. 3 following strong outings against Notre Dame and Yale ... tallied four points and two rebounds against the Irish before exploding for career highs of 17 points and six rebounds opposite the Bulldogs ... that game marked his lone double-digit scoring outing ... set career highs with three three-point baskets in five attempts ... registered eight points and a career-high seven rebounds in late-season home loss to Colgate.
High School: lettered in basketball for head coach Larry Hogan at Leavenworth High in Leavenworth, Kan. ... also lettered twice in track and field, once in cross country and once in tennis ... averaged 10.0 ppg., 4.7 rpg. and 3.5 apg. as a senior ... was second on the team in scoring and led the squad in assists as a senior ... served as team captain in final campaign ... copped a McDonald's All-America nomination and was named an Academic All-American ... earned honorable mention all-league accolades ... high school team spent time ranked nationally by USA Today ... high school teammate Wayne Simien was named Mr. Basketball in Kansas and playes for the University of Kansas Jayhawks ... helped lead squad to Kansas 6A state championship as a junior ... named All-Europe while playing overseas prior to his arrival in Kansas ... also named to European Championship all-tournament team.
Personal: given name is Joseph William Payton ... born Mar. 23, 1983 ... parents' names are Eugene and Mary Payton ... father, Eugene, retired from Army with rank of Lieutenant Colonel and presently serves as Officer in Charge of the Hanahan (S.C.) High School Junior ROTC program ... father had been stationed at Ft. Leavenworth ... sister, Melissa, is a 1st Lt. serving in the Army's Chemical Corps ... she is presently stationed in Iraq ... member of the National Honor Society ... was a Kansas Honors Scholar ... majoring in Leadership and Management Studies.