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Friday / January 18.
  • 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.