Raiders add Payne to roster

The Plymouth Raiders have announced the addition of Devontavius Payne to their 2018-19 roster as a replacement for Jamal Williams.

The 23-year-old from Carbondale, Illinois, spent the past two years at East Tennessee State, where he averaged 9.33 points per game with a 39% three point shooting average.

Prior to joining ETSU, Payne was a second team All-American for John A. Logan College – ranking 11th in the country in scoring with 21.6 points per game.

After being awarded the Region 24 Player of the Year, Payne was selected to participate in the 2016 NJCAA All-Star Game in Las Vegas after leading John A. Logan to a 24-8 record, shooting 51% from the field, 39% from 3-point range and 80% from the free throw line during the 2015-16 season

“I’m pleased to welcome Devontavius to the Raiders family,” said Raiders head coach, Paul James.

“He comes to us off the back of a couple of very successful seasons at ETSU and is a combo guard who has many positive attributes that I hope will complement well the talent we already have on the team.

“He can score in many ways and will help to stretch the floor with his long range shot-making ability, as well as facilitate the scoring of others on the team.

“Defensively he is a real competitor and I look forward to him joining up with the rest of the group very soon.”

Payne added: “I’m ready to get some work done and I’d give an arm and a leg to play basketball.”

A South-West derby debut awaits Payne as the Raiders face Bristol Flyers on Friday 19 October before making his Pavilions bow against Esh Group Eagles Newcastle two days later.