According to sources, Adreian Payne, a former Michigan State standout, was shot and died early Monday morning in Orlando, Florida. Before being taken to jail, Dority remained at the scene and chatted with officers.
In two of his four years with Tom Izzo’s club (2013 and 2014), Payne was named to the All-Big Ten Second Team. For the Spartans, he posted double-doubles of 16.4 points and 7.3 rebounds per game, leading them to the NCAA tournament’s Elite Eight in 2013-14. “I’m in shock,” Izzo stated in a statement, “with the awful news of Adreian Payne’s death.
As a player and as a person, Adreian was appreciated by both his teammates and his coaches. With tremendous natural potential, he arrived at Michigan State determined to make it as an NBA player. Payne’s two-year teammate at Michigan State, Draymond Green, posted a sad heart emoji on Monday. Green said that he and his wife will donate $100,000 to a foundation in honor of Payne following the Warriors’ Game 4 victory over the Grizzlies on Monday night, and he encouraged the rest of the Spartans to do the same.
The 6-foot-10 power forward appeared in four NBA seasons for a variety of clubs. There were no more NBA seasons for Payne, but he did spend some time in Europe and the Middle East. Lacey Holsworth, an 8-year-old girl with cancer, became a source of motivation for Payne and the squad during his tenure at Michigan State.
The next day, Payne issued a statement on her death. Payne’s “friendship and true relationship” with Holsworth “struck the country,” according to Izzo’s statement on Monday. A “tough and heartbreaking” day for the Spartan basketball family has been described by Izzo.
When his 4-year-old son Amari had to have a brain operation in September, Payne tweeted that he was taking a sabbatical from basketball to care for him. He stated that his family was more important to him than basketball. In his statement, Payne said, “I will be back doing what I love shortly.”