20 Zan Payne

Zan Payne
Redshirt Junior
Hometown (Last School)
Lexington, KY (Lexington Catholic)
2018-19, 2019-20, 2020-21, 2021-22
March 23, 2000

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Redshirt Sophomore: Southeastern Conference Winter Academic Honor Roll member … Graduated in August with a degree in communication … Appeared in two games in 2020-21 after missing the first two seasons at UK rehabilitating from a knee injury suffered in high school …. Got onto the stats sheet with his first career points and two rebounds in three minutes of action in the regular-season finale vs. South Carolina … Played in his first basketball game and made his UK debut vs. Morehead State in the season opener.


Redshirt Freshman: 2019-20 Southeastern Conference Winter Academic Honor Roll member … Dean’s List fall 2019, spring 2020 … Did not play this season as he continued to rehab from a knee injury he suffered at the end of his high school career … Began practicing with the team in January.


Freshman: 2018-19 SEC First-Yer Academic Honor Roll member … Dean’s List spring 2019 … Used his first season as a redshirt year to recover from a knee injury he suffered at the end of his high school career.

High School

A highly-productive player out of Lexington Catholic High School … 1,000-point scorer for the Knights … Averaged 19.3 points and 8.7 rebounds per game as a senior … Three-year starter and scored 1,282 career points, which ranks 14th all-time in program history … Also collected 934 career rebounds and finished his career as the school’s fourth all-time career leader in rebounds … A knee injury in February of his senior season prematurely ended his career.


Born March 23 in Cherry Hill, New Jersey … Major is undeclared/exploratory studies in agriculture … First name is Alexander but goes by Zan … Parents are Kenny and Michelle Payne … Has a sister, Alexis … Father played basketball at Louisville … Chose his jersey number because his father, Kenny, also wore that number in college … Enjoys playing Fortnite when he’s not on the court … Lists a definition of a true hero as someone who always does the right thing … His dad has had the greatest influence on his life.


Per Game


2020-2021 Game Log

2021-2022 Game Log