Tennison, a 5-foot-11 guard, has been regarded as one of the best shooters in the state of Arkansas. Her wing span allows her to play to a size of 6-foot-4, while her quickness and speed gives her the versatility to play at multiple positions on the floor.
"I offered Payton a year and half ago, making her one of the youngest players I have ever offered a scholarship to," A-State head coach Brian Boyer said. "With the quality of guards we're graduating this year Payton became a priority. I will put her up against any of the best shooters in the country, she's very accurate and can shoot it from deep. She also has very good floor vision, especially in the open court, along with the length and athleticism to get to the rim."
Tennison led Valley Springs to the Class 3A state finals last season where she scored 22 points in the championship game against Greenland. She earned All-District, All-Region, All-State and All-State Tournament accolades at the end of the year and also earned numerous awards on the AAU circuit over the summer.
The high school senior is the third play to sign with the Red Wolves during the early signing period. Muskogee, Okla., native Jada Ford and Atwood, Tenn., product Madison Heckert signed with A-State last week.