Elfrid Payton Jr. was born in Gretna, Louisiana in 1994. Payton is the second oldest of six children to Elfrid Sr. and Danielle Payton, the only boy. His father was a star in the CFL, recording 154 sacks in 15 seasons, and was enshrined in 2010 to the Canadian Football Hall-of-Fame. Payton spent three years at John Ehret High School in Marrero, Louisiana, where he averaged 12.8 points, 5.2 assists and 4.1 steals as a senior to earn district MVP honors, helping lead the team to a 30-4 record. The summer before his junior year at Lousiana-Lafayette, Payton represented the United States at the 2013 FIBA U19 World Championship, starting all nine games and helping the team to a gold medal. As a member of the Magic, Payton received the 2017 Rich and Helen DeVos Community Enrichment Award for his charity work with the Central Florida community. Payton also started the The Elfrid Payton Foundation, which runs a 10-week arts program for fifth graders to expose students to poetry, music, dance and painting. You can follow Elfrid Payton on Twitter and Instagram @Elfrid. Payton spent three years at guard for Louisiana-Lafayette from 2011 to 2014. The 6-foot-3 native of New Orleans was a spot starter as a freshman and provided 7.2 points, 3.6 rebounds and 3.0 assists over 23 minutes per contest. In his sophomore season, Payton moved into the starting lineup. He was named to the All-Sun Belt First Team after averaging 15.9 points, 5.6 rebounds, 5.5 assists and 2.4 steals per game. The guard had a near-triple-double with 13 points, nine rebounds and 10 assists in a loss to Florida International. After his sophomore season, Payton started for Team USA in the 2013 FIBA Under-19 World Championships. The team won the tournament. Payton then led the Ragin' Cajuns with 19.2 points, 6.0 rebounds, 5.9 assists and 2.3 steals per game during his junior season. Payton had five double-doubles and a triple-double with 34 points, 11 rebounds and 11 assists in a double-overtime loss to UL-Monroe. UL-Lafayette won the Sun Belt Tournament and Payton averaged 16.7 points and 7.0 assists per conference tournament game. Then, in the NCAA Tournament, Payton had 24 points with eight rebounds in the first round loss to Creighton. At the close of his junior season, Payton won the 2014 Lefty Driesell Award as the National Defensive Player of the Year. With one season of eligibility remaining, the guard opted for the 2014 draft.