Report: Michigan State junior Adreian Payne opts to return, bypass NBA Draft
Although a breakout junior season vaulted him onto the first-round radar, Michigan State big man Adreian Payne will return for his senior season rather than enter the NBA Draft, according to Yahoo! Sports’ Adrian Wojnarowski.
The 6-foot-10, 240-pound power forward averaged 10.5 points on 55-percent shooting, 7.6 rebounds and 1.3 blocks in 25.6 minutes per game during the 2012-13 season.
He is considered to be on the first-round bubble because of his exceptional athleticism yet inconsistency and lack of polish.
Sunday is the deadline for underclassmen to declare for the draft.
Michigan State's Adreian Payne will return to school for his senior year, a source told Y! Sports. Midnight deadline to enter NBA Draft.—
Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojYahooNBA) April 28, 2013
Highly touted freshman Gary Harris, a projected lottery pick, also opted to return to Michigan State this month, while junior guard and leading scorer Keith Appling, a second-round prospect, has yet to make a decision.
The Spartans reached the Sweet 16 in March after a 27-9 regular season.