Ball State freshmen Alstork, Payne plan to transfer


Two Ball State freshman basketball players plan to transfer, the university announced Thursday.

Mark Alstork and Quinten Payne requested to speak with other schools about a possible transfer. The school granted the requests.

"We want to thank Mark and Quinten for their time here at Ball State," head coach James Whitford said. "They did an excellent job representing our university, both on and off the court. We support their decisions to find new schools, and we wish them the best going forward."

Alstork played in all 30 games this year, making 15 starts, and Payne played in 29 games. Alstork a Dayton, Ohio native, averaged 5.6 points and 3.1 rebounds in 2013-14. Payne, from St. Charles, Illinois, averaged about 12 minutes of playing time per game, scoring 52 points and totaling 20 assists on the season.

"I am thankful for the opportunity I have had to play here," Alstork said. "I appreciate the coaches at Ball State, and I am looking forward to continuing my college basketball career."

"I have enjoyed the chance to play with my teammates and for my coaches at Ball State," Payne said. "The people associated with the program are top-of-the-line, from the coaches to the managers, and they helped me with a lot of things as I made the transition to college. I also want to thank the people throughout the community for their support and my professors who have influenced me academically. I am looking forward to the chance to make a name for myself in a new situation, and I appreciate the coaches helping me through this phase."