HoopsHype Adreian Payne rumors
The father of an 8-year-old girl with cancer who befriended Michigan State basketball star Adreian Payne says his daughter has died. Matt Holsworth says Lacey Holsworth died at their St. Johns, Mich., home late Tuesday "with her mommy and daddy holding her in their arms." Lacey met Payne during one of her hospital stays two years ago, and their friendship quickly blossomed and strengthened. Associated Press
Chad Ford: Adreian Payne with a huge 41 pt game today. One of the few stretch fours in Draft. More big games could make him a lock for the lottery. Twitter @chadfordinsider
Adrian Wojnarowski: Michigan State's Adreian Payne will return to school for his senior year, a source told Y! Sports. Midnight deadline to enter NBA Draft. Twitter
ONE FOOT IN THE DOOR: Players leaning toward declaring for the draft but haven't officially announced their intentions: Tim Hardaway Jr., G/F, Jr., Michigan. Shane Larkin, PG, So., Miami. Kelly Olynyk, C, Jr., Gonzaga. Adreian Payne, PF, Jr., Michigan State. C.J. Wilcox, SG, Jr., Washington. ESPN.com
Payne, a junior, said he's not paying attention to the NBA hype that has steadily built over the past six games — a wise strategy for a player who's finally beginning to live up to his recruiting hype. "I'm not even looking at that right now — people start looking at that, and they go down the drain,'' Payne said following Tuesday's practice. "I just want to play better and better. I've got another year. "I want to be a solid player, I want to play in the post, be able to face up, be able to be an all-around player, guard different types of players,'' Payne said, asked what's ahead for him. Booth Newspapers
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