Illinois lands Florida transfer Omar Payne

By Jackson Janes, Sports Editor

After freshman Adam Miller opted to leave Champaign Thursday, Illinois brought in a transfer of its own, landing former Florida forward Omar Payne, he announced Saturday morning via Twitter.

The Kissimmee, Florida, native averaged 3.8 points and 3.2 rebounds per game last year for the Gators while also making eight starts. Most recently, Payne scored four points and grabbed two boards in Florida’s upset loss to 15-seed Oral Roberts in the second round of the NCAA tournament.

A former four-star recruit, Payne should see decent minutes in Champaign next season regardless of whether sophomore Kofi Cockburn opts to return, as he will help fill in as a solid frontcourt option.



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