Former Michigan State star Adreian Payne killed in shooting

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Former Michigan State star Adreian Payne was shot and killed early Monday morning, the Orange County Sheriff's Office in Orlando announced, according to Chris Solari of the Detroit Free Press.

The 31-year-old was pronounced dead after being taken to a local hospital.

A suspect was arrested at the scene on a warrant for first-degree murder.

Payne played for the Spartans from 2010-14. He started 94 contests and earned two All-Big Ten second-team selections over his collegiate career. The 6-foot-10 big man averaged 16.4 points and 7.3 boards while also shooting 42.3% from deep during his senior year.

"I'm in shock at the tragic news of Adreian Payne's death," Michigan State head coach Tom Izzo said in a statement. "Our prayers are with his family, teammates, and loved ones.

"Adreian was loved by his teammates and coaches, who respected his development as a player and a person. He came to Michigan State with a ton of raw talent and put in the work to reach his goal of becoming an NBA player."

The Atlanta Hawks selected Payne 15th overall in the 2014 draft. He was traded midway through his rookie season to the Minnesota Timberwolves, where he spent parts of three campaigns. Payne also played briefly for the Orlando Magic in 2017-18 before continuing his professional career overseas.

Former Michigan State star Adreian Payne killed in shooting
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