ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Adreian Payne, who played in the NBA and Michigan State University, was shot to death. He was 31 years old.
The Orange County Sheriff’s Office said deputies responded to a shooting location at 1:34 a.m. Monday. Payne was identified and taken to a hospital, where he was certified dead.
Lawrence Dority, 29, who was at the scene, was arrested on a first-degree murder warrant after detectives talked with him, according to the Sheriff’s Office.
“I am shocked by this tragic news,” Michigan State University coach Tom Izzo said.
“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 as a person. He came to Michigan State with a ton of talent and went to work toward his goal of becoming an NBA player. Beyond that, he will be remembered by Spartans fans for his good heart, as his friendship and genuine bond with Lacey Holsworth moved the nation.”
Izzo said that after graduating, Payne regularly returned to school and cultivated relationships with players from all eras.
“Today I heard from many of those players that they are heartbroken and have fond memories of Adreian,” Izzo said.
Payne appeared in 107 NBA games, averaging four points and three rebounds in four seasons with Atlanta, Minnesota and Orlando.
The Hawks drafted him 15th overall in 2014, traded him to the Timberwolves, and he averaged 6.7 points and 5.1 rebounds as a promising rookie.