Former NBA and Michigan State star Adreian Payne fatally shot

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Adreian Payne, a former Michigan State basketball player and NBA player, has died in a shooting. He was 31 years old.

The Orange County Sheriff’s Office said deputies responded to a shooting at 1:34 a.m. Monday when Payne was identified and taken to hospital where he was pronounced dead.

Lawrence Dority, 29, was present at the scene, according to the sheriff’s office. He was arrested on a first degree murder warrant after homicide detectives questioned him.

Payne played in 107 NBA games, averaging four points and three rebounds, over four seasons with Atlanta, Minnesota and Orlando. The Hawks drafted him No. 15 overall in 2014, traded him to the Timberwolves, and he averaged 6.7 points and 5.1 rebounds as a potentially promising rookie.

The Magic waived the 6-foot-10 forward in January 2018, after he was part of an ESPN report detailing sexual assault allegations against former high school basketball and football players.

Payne played professionally earlier this year for Juventus in Lithuania. He has also performed in Turkey, France, Greece and China.

Payne, who hails from Dayton, Ohio, started in 94 of 138 games in four seasons for Hall of Fame coach Tom Izzo at Michigan State. He averaged 16.4 points and 7.3 rebounds as a senior in the 2013-14 season.

While in college, Payne befriended 8-year-old cancer-stricken Lacey Holsworth and spoke at her memorial service in April 2014.


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