A former Dayton-area high school basketball standout who played at Michigan State University and in the NBA died early this morning in a shooting at an Orlando, Fla., townhouse.
The Orange County, Fla., Sheriff’s Office confirmed Adreian Payne, 31, was taken to an area hospital where he was later pronounced dead.
The alleged shooter, identified as Lawrence Dority, 29, stayed at the scene of the shooting and was taken into custody for interviews by homicide detectives. He has been arrested on a warrant for first degree murder and is being held in the Orange County Jail.
No other information has been released by the Orange County Sheriff’s Office.
Hate the news i received this morning…. Rest Easy to my brother/Teammate @Adreian_Payne— Jared Sullinger Sr. (@Jared_Sully0) May 9, 2022
Confirmed the former MSU star big man has died. He was 31. https://t.co/a9SkZvicHH— Chris Solari (@chrissolari) May 9, 2022
Payne, a 6-foot-10 center, was born in Dayton in 1991. He graduated from Jefferson High School in 2010. He helped lead the team to a Division IV state championship as a senior.
Payne played for Michigan State from 2010-14. He was a three-year starter who scored 1,232 points in his career.
The Atlanta Hawks drafted Payne with the No. 15 pick in the first round of the NBA Draft in 2014. He played four seasons in the NBA (2014-18) and appeared in 107 games with the Hawks, Minnesota Timberwolves and Orlando Magic.
Payne’s basketball career continued overseas through 2021. He played in Greece, China, Turkey and Lithuania.
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