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Adrian Payne, a former college basketball champion State of Michigan who played four seasons in the NBA, was shot and killed Monday in Florida, officials said.
Payne, 31, was identified as the victim of an Orlando shooting. The Orange County Sheriff’s Office said the shooting occurred around 1:30 am ET. According to FOX35 OrlandoPayne was taken to the hospital after officers arrived at the scene and was subsequently pronounced dead.
Lawrence Dority, 29, was arrested on a first degree murder warrant and taken to Orange County Jail. He was on site at the time of his arrest, according to the station.
Payne was a prominent figure in the State of Michigan from 2010 to 2014. He was selected twice in the All-Big Ten Second Team, in 2013 and 2014.
In the 2012–13 season, Payne averaged 10.5 points and 7.6 rebounds for the Spartans in 36 games. The following season, he helped the Spartans win a Big Ten Tournament championship. That year he averaged 16.4 points and 7.3 rebounds per game.
the Atlanta Hawks Payne selected with no. 15 overall choice of the 2014 NBA Draft and later played with the Timberwolf of Minnesota. In nearly three seasons in Minnesota, he averaged 4.1 points and 3.1 rebounds in 99 games.
He would later play five games for the Magic of Orlando before being successful in Europe. He was one of the teams that won the French Cup and the Greek Basketball Cup in 2018 and 2019 respectively. Most recently he played for Juventus Utena in Lithuania.
Michigan state legend Magic Johnson was among those who spearheaded Payne giveaways on social media.
Police were still investigating the shooting.