Adreian Payne (1991-2022)

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Former Michigan State basketball star Adreian Payne was shot and killed early Monday morning in Orlando, Florida. A source confirmed Payne’s death to the Free Press on Monday morning. Around noon, the Orange County Sheriff’s Office in Florida announced it responded to a call at 1:37 a.m. of a man who had been shot. Payne was transported to a nearby hospital, where he was pronounced dead. Deputies arrested a suspect in the shooting, 29-year-old Lawrence Dority, at the scene on a warrant for first-degree murder.
Source: Chris Solari @ Detroit Free Press

What’s the buzz on Twitter?

Monte Poole @MontePooleNBCS
The death of Adreian Payne is at least the second in Draymond Green’s Michigan State circle lost to gun violence. He also knew former MSU football player Mylan Hicks, who six years ago was shot and killed in Canada. – 2:17 PM

Connor Letourneau @Con_Chron
Steve Kerr began today’s presser by offering condolences to Adreian Payne. “Draymond is just crushed,” Kerr said. “Devastating news today.” – 2:02 PM

Vincent Goodwill @VinceGoodwill
Steve Kerr opens with condolences on the death of Adreian Payne. “Draymond is crushed. They were the best of friends. We’re thinking of them today. Feeling a lot of grief.” – 1:59 PM

Karl-Anthony Towns @KarlTowns
RIP Adreian Payne 🕊 – 1:58 PM

Christos Tsaltas @Tsaltas46
Steve Kerr offered his condolences to Adreian Payne’s family before his today’s presser. He said Draymond Green is “crushed”. #GoldBlooded1:58 PM

Larry Lage @LarryLage
Adreian Payne, a former Michigan State basketball standout and NBA player, died in a shooting. The Orange County Sheriff’s Office said deputies responded to a shooting at 1:34 a.m. when the 31-year-old Payne was identified and taken to a hospital where he was pronounced dead. – 1:34 PM

CBS NBA @CBSSportsNBA
Adreian Payne, former Michigan State basketball star and first-round NBA draft pick, shot and killed at 31
cbssports.com/nba/news/adrei…12:53 PM

Ohm Youngmisuk @NotoriousOHM
Crushing news about Adreian Payne. He developed into a helluva player at MSU by his senior year. But I’ll always remember AP’s relationship with Princess Lacey Holsworth, an 8-year-old who died of cancer. Their bond was incredible as seen in this video: youtu.be/NWVASucWyFw12:40 PM

Diamond Leung @diamond83
Column: Michigan State’s Adreian Payne overcomes to achieve academic success mlive.com/spartans/2012/…12:28 PM

Rod Beard @detnewsRodBeard
Former Michigan State standout Adreian Payne dies at age 31: bit.ly/3ykY0u512:14 PM

Chris Vivlamore @CVivlamoreAJC
Former Hawks draft pick Adreian Payne dies at age 31.
https://t.co/XLPWtuHrtX pic.twitter.com/vWo8y9VHI111:48 AM

Emiliano Carchia @Sportando
Adreian Payne dies at 31 sportando.basketball/en/adreian-pay…11:12 AM

Emiliano Carchia @Carchia
Adreian Payne has died at 31
😢 – 10:48 AM

Eurohoops @Eurohoopsnet
Adreian Payne has died at the age of 31
eurohoops.net/en/backstage/1…10:30 AM

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Payne went to the Atlanta Hawks with the 15th pick of the 2014 NBA draft, which at the time was coach Tom Izzo’s first first-round pick since Shannon Brown and Maurice Ager in 2006 and his highest-drafted player since Jason Richardson went fifth overall in 2001. Payne was traded to the Minnesota Timberwolves during his rookie season and played 107 NBA games over three seasons, finishing with five games in 2017-18 after signing with the Orlando Magic, and averaging 4.2 points and 1.8 rebounds in 13.1 minutes per game. -via Detroit Free Press / May 9, 2022