ATLANTA (CBS DETROIT/AP) — The Atlanta Hawks drafted the power forward Adreian Payne from Michigan State University Thursday night. During the event Payne wore colors in honor of 8-year-old Lacey Holsworth who died of cancer in April.
Payne pointed out to cameras the words “Adreian & Lacey” embroidered to the inside of his blazer.
Matt and Heather Holsworth, Lacey’s parents, joined Izzo in standing with Payne as he was introduced at the draft Thursday night. Payne wore a wristband in Lacey’s honor.
“It’s dedicated to Lacey Holsworth — and it’s the color of her cancer that she had, leukemia, and I wear a band every day,” he said. “As you can see, the band is the same color as the suit.”
Lacey was a big fan of Michigan State University basketball and Payne befriended her during one of her hospital stays.
At an emotional memorial ceremony to celebrate Lacey’s life on April 17, Payne led her family off the covered basketball court at the Breslin Center. About 2,500 people attended the service.
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