Payne averaged 12.5 points and seven rebounds while starting all six games for the Hawks’ Las Vegas summer league team this month.
Athletes have long been known for having great style and the 2014 draft class did not disappoint.
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.
Between Michigan and Michigan State, five players were selected in Thursday night’s NBA draft. Where were they picked and how do they fit?
The Atlanta Hawks have selected Michigan State power forward Adreian Payne with the 15th overall pick of the NBA draft.
There was nothing Dick Vitale could do to console the parents of Lacey Holsworth, the little girl whose relationship with Michigan State’s Adreian Payne became a story that touched the country.
Many wiped away tears, especially when they heard Heather Holsworth’s recorded message about her daughter while pictures of Lacey were shown on video boards.
One week after her death, “Princess Lacey” remains a focal point on the campus of Michigan State University.
Tom Izzo was among those who honored Lacey’s memory during a rally on the MSU campus following her death Tuesday from cancer.
The crowd stood to applaud Payne, who spoke softly in accepting the award, saying he nearly didn’t travel to Los Angeles after the girl’s death but was encouraged to by her father.