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Sunday / May 27.
  • Payne to Michigan State; Naismith Preseason List

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    Adreian Payne is headed to the Big Ten.

    The 6-foot-10 center out of Dayton (Ohio) Jefferson chose Michigan State over West Virginia, Kentucky and Arizona.

    “I decided to go to Michigan State,” Payne said on ESPNU. “I feel real comfortable stepping on campus going there. They offer a lot of good things, such as the academics [and] a good basketball program. And that’s what I was looking for in a school and a relationship with the head coach. Just to start a new year.”

    Payne is ranked No. 4 among centers and No. 20 overall in the Class of 2010, according to Rivals.

    Payne joins a Michigan State recruiting class for 2010 that includes Detroit Pershing guard Keith Appling, Fort Wayne, Ind., forward Russell Byrd, and Eaton Rapids, Mich., forward Alex Gauna., according to The Detroit News.

    NAISMITH TROPHY 2009-10 PRESEASON WATCH LIST

    Solomon Alabi, Florida State
    Cole Aldrich, Kansas
    Al-Farouq Aminu, Wake Forest
    James Anderson, Oklahoma State
    Luke Babbitt, Nevada
    Talor Battle, Penn State
    Trevor Booker, Clemson
    Matt Bouldin, Gonzaga
    Craig Brackins, Iowa State
    Avery Bradley, Texas
    Kenny Boynton, Florida
    Da’Sean Butler, West Virginia
    Patrick Christopher, California
    Sherron Collins, Kansas
    Ed Davis, North Carolina
    Devan Downey, South Carolina
    Jerome Dyson, UConn
    Devin Ebanks, West Virginia
    Derrick Favors, Georgia Tech
    Luke Harangody, Notre Dame
    Manny Harris, Michigan
    Gordon Hayward, Butler
    Lazar Hayward, Marquette
    Xavier Henry, Kansas
    Robbie Hummel, Purdue
    Damion James, Texas
    Jerome Jordan, Tulsa
    Sylven Landesberg, Virginia
    Gani Lawal, Georgia Tech
    Kalin Lucas, Michigan State
    Tasmin Mitchell, LSU
    Greg Monroe, Georgetown
    A.J. Ogilvy, Vanderbilt
    Patrick Patterson, Kentucky
    Jerome Randle, California
    Scottie Reynolds, Villanova
    Samardo Samuels, Louisville
    Larry Sanders, VCU
    Kyle Singler, Duke
    Tyler Smith, Tennessee
    Isaiah Thomas, Washington
    Evan Turner, Ohio State
    Edwin Ubiles, Siena
    Jarvis Varnado, Mississippi State
    Greivis Vasquez, Maryland
    Kemba Walker, UConn
    John Wall, Kentucky
    Willie Warren, Oklahoma
    Terrico White, Mississippi
    Nic Wise, Arizona
    Chris Wright, Dayton

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    Adam Zagoria is a Basketball Insider who covers basketball at all levels. A contributor to The New York Times and SportsNet New York (SNY), he is also the author of two books and is an award-winning journalist and filmmaker. His articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide. He also won an Emmy award for his work on the SNY mini-documentary on Syracuse guard Tyus Battle. A veteran Ultimate Frisbee player, he has competed in numerous National and World Championships and, perhaps more importantly, his teams won the Westchester Summer League (WSL) championships in 2011 and 2013. He lives in Manhattan with his wife and children.