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2015-16 SEASON AVERAGES
Appeared in 57 games (one start) and averaged 5.0 points, 1.5 rebounds and 1.9 assists in 12.2 minutes.
Made his first NBA start at San Antonio (4/12), scoring a career-best 17 points with seven assists and three rebounds in 40 minutes. Dished out a career-best eight assists vs. New Orleans (2/11). Scored a career-high 16 points (5-6 shooting) in 16 minutes vs. Milwaukee (12/29). Made his NBA debut in the Thunder’s third game of the season vs. Denver (11/1), dishing out three assists and picking up one steal in four minutes. Ten games of double-digit scoring. Led team in scoring once and assists twice. Twenty-two games DNP – Coach’s Decision. Two games DNP – Inactive. One game DNP – Concussion.
2015-16: In two games (two starts) with the Oklahoma City Blue, averaged 23.5 points, 7.0 assists, 3.5 rebounds and 2.0 steals in 34.0 minutes.
In 10 games, averaging 1.8 points and 0.8 assists in 6.4 minutes. Scored his first postseason points by scoring five in six minutes on 4/25 vs. Dallas. Made his NBA postseason debut on 4/21 at Dallas, registering an assist in four minutes of play.
In 69 games at Murray State, averaged 18.5 points, 5.7 assists, 3.7 rebounds and 1.8 steals in 32.4 minutes.
Sophomore (2014-15): Averaged 20.2 points and dished out 6.0 assists to rank 13th and 15th among NCAA Division I players, respectively. Finished first in the Ohio Valley Conference in points and second in both assists and steals. Ranked 34th in the country in steals per game (1.9). Shot 45.6 percent from the field, 78.7 from the line and 37.7 from three-point range. Named the Lute Olson Player of the Year, an award given to the top NCAA player with at least two seasons of experience. Selected as the Ohio Valley Conference MVP. Named an AP All-America Honorable Mention and a CBS Sports Third Team All-American. Selected to the Cousy Award Watch List for the nation’s top point guard and Naismith Trophy Semifinalist for the country’s top player. Finished the year three assists shy of the school’s single-season assist mark (212). Became the second fastest Murray State player to score 1,000 career points, reaching the mark in only 57 games. Helped the Racers to a 29-6 season, which included an OVC championship and a 25-game winning streak (second-longest in the nation). Scored 30+ points on three occasions.
Freshman (2013-14): Averaged 16.8 points, 5.4 assists and 1.7 steals. Ranked 33rd in the nation in assists per game. Named AllOhio Valley Conference First Team and Ohio Valley Conference Freshman of the Year. Earned a MSU record nine OVC Freshman of the Week awards. Selected to the OVC All-Tournament Team. Voted NABC All-District 19 and College Sports Madness Freshman of the Year for the mid-major level. Named CollegeInsider.com Tournament MVP. Shot 40.4 percent from the field, 77.4 from the line and 34.1 percent from three-point range.
Son of Tony and Leshawn Payne. As a high school senior at Lausanne Collegiate School in Memphis, was rated the 41st-best point guard in the 2013 recruiting class by ESPN.com. Helped lead Lausanne Collegiate to the Tennessee 2A Private School championship. Named Mr. Basketball & Tennessee Sports Writer’s Association All-State. Named to the Memphis Commercial Appeal Best of Preps All-City Team three times.