Hall of Fame Inductee - Tom Payne
The sixth-man as a sophomore on the 1951-52 state runner-up team, Payne
went on to score 1,022 points during his three-year varsity career,
which ranked second behind Bruce Brothers at the time of his graduation.
He was voted to the Illinois All-State first team as a senior and
earned a scholarship to the University of Iowa. The Hawkeyes finished
second to the San Francisco Dons - led by future NBA stars Bill Russell
and K.C. Jones - in the 1956 NCAA tournament, with Payne again playing
the sixth-man role. His son, Michael, helped lead the Blue Devils to the
Class AA state championship in 1981, and followed in his father's
footsteps and enjoyed a stellar four-year career at Iowa before playing
professionally overseas. Tom Payne, known as a gentleman and an athlete,
was a charter member of the Quincy High School Sports Hall of Fame.
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