BLOOMINGTON, Ill. - With 52 wins the past two years, Bloomington basketball is making a name for itself.
But Chris Payton wants more. Especially more at state where the Raiders finished third last spring.
"We can't dwell on the past, can't be complacent,"" Payton said. "We know how to do it, especially whe we get there. We know how to win."
Payton is also hungry to make his game better. The 6-6 swing man has committed to play at Illinois State but he's working on his ball handling and perimeter game to make his game All-State caliber.
"He's being more well-rounded, his ball-handling is a lot better," said BHS coach Micheal Mosley. "He's shooting it well for us. We just how to keep him confident. And keep challenging."
The Raiders (3-0) meet Normal Community (3-0) for the Intercity title Monday night at 6 p.m.
"I know what I have to do each time down the floor," Payton said. "I'm able to attack better, I get up, quicker, higher, faster. I make better decisions with the ball."
Payton says he's enjoying this run putting Bloomington back on the high school basketball map. But he also realizes the Raiders have helped put him on the map.
He can't go anywhere in the state of Illinois without people knowing who he is.
"It's humbling to have that type of recognition all over the state, even out of state," Payton admitted. "You don't let it get to you. It's humbling."
And he has two more years build that name recognition at Bloomington High School.