Prospect Profile: Elfrid Payton

Comprehensive look at NBA Draft Prospect Elfrid Payton


Birthplace Birthdate Height Weight Position
Gretna, LA February 22, 1994 6'4" 185 lbs G

Draft Predictions:

Draft Express Hoops Hype NBA Draft Insider Chad Ford's Big Board
20 17 17 11 8

NBA Combine Stats:

Lane Agility Shuttle Run 3-Quarter Sprint Standing Vertical Max Vertical
11.06 Seconds (Rank: 13th) 2.92 Seconds (T-12) 3.23 Seconds (13) 31.5" (T-14) 35.5" (T-25)

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Junior Collegiate Stats:

Louisiana-Lafayette Junior 35.9 19.2 50.9 25.9 60.9 6.0 5.9 2,3 3.6

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Following a stellar junior season in which Payton averaged 19.2 points, 6.0 rebounds, 5.9 assists and 2.3 steals per game and helped the Ragin' Cajuns to a 23-12 record, the six-foot-four Louisiana-Lafayette guard received his fair share of postseason hardware. Payton was named the 2014 recipient of the Lefty Driesell National Defensive Player of the Year award and was named to the Lou Henson All-America Team. He also garnered first-team All-Sun Belt Conference honors and was named the league's Defensive Player of the Year. Payton helped lead the Ragin’ Cajuns to their first NCAA Championships berth since 2005 despite falling in the second round to Creighton, 76-66. In all, Payton scored 30 or more points in four contests including a season-high 34 points in a double-overtime loss to Louisiana-Monroe, 103-98, on January 4.

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“With the recent success of mid-major guards jumping into the lottery – Damian Lillard (Weber State) in 2012, C.J. McCollum (Lehigh) last year – there is a precedent. Players from smaller schools have proven their worth in the draft preparation process after breakout college seasons raised their stock. In declaring for the draft this April, Payton committed to do the same and now must elevate his game yet again.” – Jeremy Woo,

“The Kings three biggest needs are shooting, defense and basketball IQ. Payton checks the last two boxes, but that shooting is still a major concern. Given that he's only 20, though, there isn't anything in his game that can't be fixed with the right effort and coaching. For what it's worth, the Kings do have a well-respected shooting coach in Chris Jent, who worked closely with LeBron James at fixing his shooting mechanics early in his career. If the Kings are comfortable with Payton's flaw and think they can overcome it, he's otherwise a great fit. He's got the pass-first mentality and defensive intensity Michael Malone has always raved about.” – Bryant West,

“Payton was [a] surprise addition to the FIBA team that [competed] in the Czech Republic [last year]. He was placed on the roster due to his length, defense and overall activity… Right on cue, he impressed the committee and the coaching staff so much at the tryouts in Colorado Springs, Colo., that it was a clear decision to add him to the roster.” – Andy Katz,

“[In Chad Ford’s most current Mock Draft], the Sacramento Kings would pass on Julius Randle, which may surprise most NBA Draft pundits. Between the Kings depth at the power forward spot and the need for [a] point guard, the Kings may be inclined to select Payton. Especially if they view Payton and Randle as similar prospects.” – Kyle Robert,

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