Adreian Payne, Former NBA and Michigan State Star Player, Dead at 31 After Shooting in Florida

Adreian Payne during a Minnesota Timberwolves game in February 2016 (AP)

Adreian Payne, a big man who starred at Michigan State and played four seasons in the NBA, died at 31 on Monday.

Chris Solari, who covers Michigan State for the Detroit Free Press, confirmed the news.

Payne died as a result of a shooting that took place at 1:30 a.m. in Florida, the Orange County Sheriff’s Office confirmed. Payne was shot in a townhome community in the Econ Landing neighborhood. He was rushed to the hospital but pronounced dead.

The suspected shooter, 29-year-old Lawrence Dority, remained on the scene and cooperated with authorities. Dority was arrested on a charge of first-degree murder.

The Ohio native played at Michigan State under Tom Izzo from 2010-14. Payne was Second-Team All Big Ten in his junior and senior seasons. During his final campaign with the Spartans, he entered the season on the Wooden and Naismith award watch-lists and proceeded to average 16.4 points and 7.3 rebounds per game.

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SOURCE: New York Post, Ryan Glasspiegel

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