Payne going ‘Green’?

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Jefferson power forward Adreian Payne appears to be headed to Michigan State (Photo by Nick Falzerano)

We had an exclusive 90-minute
sit-down interview with senior Adreian Payne on Wednesday at Jefferson High
School.

Our vibe on the college decision he’ll announce this afternoon on
ESPNU’s “Recruiting Insider”, which begins at 5:30 p.m EST?

We’re thinking Michigan State.


DAYTON, Ohio – JJHuddle.com had an exclusive 90-minute
sit-down interview with senior Adreian Payne on Wednesday at Jefferson High
School. Our vibe on the college decision he’ll announce this afternoon on
ESPNU’s “Recruiting Insider”, which begins at 5:30 p.m EST?

Our vibe is Payne is East Lansing-bound.

Payne did not reveal his choice during our conversation,
sticking to his final four of Michigan State, Arizona, West Virginia and
Kentucky. But he talked about what was crucially important to him in making the
decision: an opportunity to play against the best competition nightly, a coach
with a disciplined approach that deals well one-on-one with his players, and a
school close enough for his grandmother, Mary Lewis, to attend games. He also
said it was possible his grandmother would move to wherever he matriculated.

Payne would be a big pickup for the Spartans, who have had
great success recruiting in Ohio. The Spartans roster currently features three
Ohioans: senior Raymar Morgan (Canton McKinley), sophomore Delvon Roe (Lakewood
St. Edward’s) and freshman Garrick Stephens (Kenton).

The 6-foot-9, 215-pound Payne is still a developing
prospect. He was not a full-time varsity player until midway through his
sophomore season and his high school plays in the small-school Division IV.

But
Payne gained national attention after playing AAU the last two summers for
All-Ohio Red, one of the nation’s top summer circuit outfits. The team also
included Jared Sullinger (verbally committed to Ohio State), J.D. Weatherspoon
(Ohio State), Jordan Sibert (Ohio State), Aaron Craft (Ohio State) and Juwan
Staten (Dayton).

Payne is ranked No. 23 in the ESPN 100 – No. 7 among power
forwards – and would join a Spartans recruiting class with previous verbal
commitments from Keith Appling (No. 8 point guard), Russell Byrd (No. 17
shooting guard) and Alex Gauna (No. 17 center).

Payne also indicated during our interview he plans to sign
a National Letter of Intent on the first day of the week-long early signing
period, which begins Nov. 11.

Stay with JJHuddle.com as we will keep you up-to-date on
all things Payne throughout the day.

 

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