Orlando, Florida (AP) – Adrian Payne, a former Michigan basketball player and NBA player, died in a shooting. He was 31 years old.
The Orange County Sheriff’s Office said lawmakers responded to Monday’s shooting at 1:34 a.m. when Payne was identified and taken to a hospital where he was pronounced dead.
According to the sheriff’s office, 29-year-old Lawrence Doriti was present at the scene. He was arrested on a first-degree murder warrant after the murder detectives interviewed him.
“I’m shocked by the tragic news,” Michigan coach Tom Iso said. “Our prayers are with his family, teammates and loved ones. Adreno was loved by his teammates and coaches who respected his development as a player and personality. He came to Michigan with a lot of raw talent and worked to achieve his goal – to become an NBA player. In addition, he will be remembered by Sparta fans for a long time with his good heart, as his friendship and true connection with Lacey Holsworth touched the nation. “
Izo said that after graduating from Payne, he regularly returned to school and developed relationships with players of all ages.
“Today I heard from many of these players, each of whom is going through a heartbreak, and each of them has their own good memories of Adrian,” Iso said.
Payne has played in 107 NBA games, averaging four points and three rebounds in four seasons with Atlanta, Minnesota and Orlando. The Hawks drafted him to No. 15 in 2014, traded him to the Timberwolves, and he averaged 6.7 points and 5.1 rebounds as a potentially promising rookie.
The Magic turned down the 6-foot-10 forward in January 2018 after he was part of an ESPN report detailing allegations of sexual assault against former basketball players and football players at the school.
Payne played professionally for Lithuanian Juventus earlier this year. He has also played in Turkey, France, Greece and China.
A native of Dayton, Ohio, Payne started in 94 of 138 games in four seasons for Itzo and averaged 16.4 points and 7.3 rebounds as the senior in the 2013-14 season.
Former college teammate Brendan Wood said he kept in touch with Payne while talking to him last month about his plans to launch an incompatible token.
“He wanted to start an NFT tied to the Spartans,” Wood said in a phone interview. “I will never forget the good moments I spent with him and Draymand (Green) when we were roommates. If you’ve ever spent time near the AP, you’ve realized that he has a really big heart and he cares about people. ”
The great Magic Johnson of Michigan recalled Payne’s post on social media. “Our prayers and thoughts with his family and the Spartan people! Adrian will be very bored ” Johnson wrote on Twitter.
In Michigan, Payne befriended 8-year-old cancer patient Lacey Holsworth and performed at her memorial service in April 2014.
“I had moments when I was angry at the AP because it did something wrong,” Izzo said in a 2014 interview with the Big Ten network. “I was happy with him, I was proud of him, I was disappointed. Everything that happens in coaching. But until the day I die, I will never forget those couple of scenes in which I had the honor of being a part of it thanks to him. “
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