Prior to NBA:
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NBA CAREER NOTES: Acquired by Minnesota from Atlanta on Feb. 10, 2015… Signed by the Hawks to a two-year contract on July 25, 2014… Selected by Atlanta in the 1st round (15th overall) of the 2014 NBA Draft.
INTERNATIONAL NOTES: Represented USA Basketball at the 2013 World University Games, held July 7-16 in Kazan, Russia… Averaged 5.1 ppg (45.7%) and 3.8 rpg in eight games (three starts).
COLLEGE NOTES: Finished his four-year career at Michigan State as the school’s all-time leader in blocked shots (141)… In 138 career games, averaged 8.9 points, 5.3 rebounds and 1.0 blocks in 20.0 minutes (.526 FG%, .409 3FG%, .755 FT%)… Was a two-time Second Team All-Big Ten honoree, as a junior and senior, while garnering A.P. Honorable Mention All-America honors in 2013-14… As a senior, averaged 16.4 points, 7.3 rebounds, 1.3 assists and 0.9 blocks in 28.1 minutes in 31 games (.503 FG%, .423 3FG%, .790 FT%)… Scored a career-high 41 points vs. Delaware (going 17-for-17 from the line) in the second round of the 2014 NCAA Tournament on Mar. 20, the highest total by any Michigan State player since Shawn Respert in 1994… Tallied 33 points Dec. 21 at Texas, and collected 20 points and a season-high 14 rebounds Feb. 13 vs. Northwestern… In 2012-13, put up 10.5 points, 7.6 rebounds and 1.3 blocks in 25.6 minutes (36 games), hitting .546 FGs, .381 3FGs and .848 FTs… Compiled 7.0 points, 4.2 rebounds and 1.1 blocks in 17.9 minutes (.566 FG%, .697 FT%), appearing in 37 games in 2011-12… As a freshman (2010-11), averaged 2.5 points and 2.4 rebounds in 9.0 minutes (.472 FG%).
PERSONAL NOTES: Born on Feb. 19, 1991 in Dayton, Ohio… Was an interdisciplinary studies major at MSU… Attended Jefferson Township H.S. in Dayton where he was 2010 Ohio Division IV Player of the Year… Son of Thomas Payne and Gloria Lewis, and was raised by his grandmother Mary Lewis… As a result of his efforts in the community while at Michigan State, was honored at the Wooden Award Gala following his senior season with the Los Angeles Athletic Club’s first-ever Outreach Award… During his senior season at MSU, Adreian befriended Lacey Holsworth, an 8-year-old cancer patient… Their friendship started when Adreian met Lacey during a team-sponsored hospital visit in 2011, and they texted and talked frequently afterward… Lacey, who battled with neuroblastoma, a nerve cancer, accompanied Adreian to center court on Senior Night and helped him cut down the nets after the Spartans won the Big Ten Men’s Basketball Tournament… Holsworth, also known as “Princess Lacey,” died from her cancer on April 8, 2014… Twitter handle: @Adreian_Payne.
Shoe Size: 16
Why did you pick your #?: It was my high school number.
Describe any pregame rituals?: Listen to Future.
Favorite TV Show: Prison Break.
If you could meet one person throughout history who would it be?: Michael Jackson
Who has the most influence on you?: My Grandma.
Favorite Social Media Apps: Twitter and Instagram