With the amount of talent in the state of Texas in terms of the class of 2023 it is hard to believe there are some highly touted players that are still flying under the radar. In the case of Legacy High School G Frederick Payne, he has gone a bit undervalued from a national perspective that have led to many highly skilled players not getting attention that they would otherwise. The 6’2 do it all guard is poised primed to make himself a household name not only in Texas but also nationally. 

Payne is the ultimate package from the guard position. He has a natural feel for the game and makes plays whenever his team needs him to. His ball handling skills and speed separate him for many other guards, as well as his above average court vision. In the open floor he can find open teammates, or he can get to the rim and finish with either hand. He has put in a tremendous amount of working improving his range on his shot and become a legit three level scorer. His leadership ability is something that has shown to be a point of separation from other players in the region and why he has steadily become one of the top players in the state Texas. 

His speed and size allow him to keep his opponents in front of him on defense as well as anticipate steals by playing the passing lanes and getting deflections. Payne is the ultimate competitor who gets better every time he steps on the floor. His play on the court has not just been noticed by the people in Texas, but he is beginning to get that national buzz from programs in the region who want to get in line early to get a chance at landing him. 

He currently holds offers from the University of North Texas, Grambling, and New Orleans. This list will only grow as he prepares for his winter season as well as playing against national competition next spring and summer.