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Prospect Profile: Adreian Payne

Comprehensive look at NBA Draft Prospect Adreian Payne


Birthplace Birthdate Height Weight Position
Dayton, OH February 19, 1991 6'10" 239 lbs PF

Draft Predictions:

Draft Express Hoops Hype NBA Draft Insider Chad Ford's Big Board
18 19 23 14 17

Did not compete at the NBA Combine

Senior Collegiate Stats:

Michigan State Senior 28.1 16.4 50.3 42.3 79.0 7.3 0.9 0.5 2.0

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Highlight Moment:

En route to second-team All-Big Ten honors, Payne helped lead Michigan State to the Elite Eight of the NCAA tournament after finishing the regular season ranked seventh in the league in scoring (509) and third in rebounding (225). Payne capped off a solid senior season with one of the most impressive individual games in the NCAA tournament this year. The 6-foot-10 big man scored a career-high 41 points to help fourth-seeded Michigan State blow by Delaware, 93-78. His record-setting night was the first 40-point performance in the NCAA tournament since Stephen Curry tallied 40 points for Davidson in a win over Gonzaga in 2008. Furthermore, Payne’s performance set a Michigan State tournament scoring record, surpassing the 34 points Greg Kelser scored during Michigan State's 1979 title run. In all, Payne was 10-for-15 from the field, 4-for-5 from 3-point range and recorded a tournament record 17 free throws as he connected on all 17 of his attempts.

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“Payne proved to be a clutch performer and a true weapon as a three-point shooter [for Michigan State]. While he still has some work to do as a post threat, his potential to be an inside-outside big forward with high-level athleticism gives him real intrigue. He was a top recruit and stayed four years, developing a once questionable work ethic under Coach [Tom] Izzo.” –

“Payne made a significant jump offensively in his senior year, going from being a non-scorer early on in his career (he barely cracked 10 points per game as a junior) to the 9th best per-minute scorer among our Top-100 prospects at 23 points per-40… Payne reinvented himself as a stretch power forward mid-way through his junior season, after only taking four 3-point attempts in his first two and a half seasons of college basketball. He shot 142 3-pointers in his final 50 college games, making a very impressive 42% of them his senior year.” –

“Payne has risen from [a] thin freshman who averaged 2.5 points in 9.0 minutes to a star as a senior for Michigan State, and in doing so, has earned a firm place on the draft boards of many NBA teams. Just how high up on those boards Payne registers is open to interpretation – as a senior, some teams hold his age against him, and in our mock draft, Payne comes in at No. 20. But in a draft that is stocked with youth and question marks, some teams are pushing Payne up. He is more of a known commodity, and what is more, he is an established power forward who has developed a 3-point shot.” – Sean Deveney,

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