Sports world, Spartans pay tribute to Adreian Payne after he was killed in Florida

The sports world is mourning after former University of Michigan basketball star Adreian Payne was killed in Florida on Monday.

The shooting happened Monday at 1:37 a.m. on block 2500 of Egret Shores Drive in Orlando, Florida, according to authorities. Police said Payne shot and killed Lawrence Dority, 29, who remained at the scene and was apprehended by Orange County MPs. Payne was rushed to a nearby hospital, where he was pronounced dead, authorities said.

Former Spartan teammates and other sports figures are expressing grief on social media as news leaked on Monday.

Basketball career

Payne has been the winner of the All-Big Ten Second Team each of his last two seasons with the Spartans. From 2010 to 2014, he scored 1,232 points with 735 rebounds, 141 blocks and 85 assists. He shot over 40% from the 3-point line in his college career, and a total of 52.6% from the floor.


As a senior, Payne averaged 16.4 points and 7.3 rebounds per game while shooting 42.3% out of arc. He led the Spartans to a 29-9 record, a Big Ten title and an Elite Eight appearance.

Payne was selected by the Atlanta Hawks with a total of 15th place in the 2014 NBA Draft. He played in just three games for the Hawks before being changed to the Minnesota Timberwolves. His last stop came with the Orlando Magic during the 2017-2018 season.

Overall, Payne played in 107 NBA games, averaging 4 points and 1.8 rebounds per game.

Off the field

Payne was famous throughout his career his close relationship with Lacey Holsworth, a young cancer patient at St. Mary’s Hospital Johns in Michigan. Everyone who followed college basketball knew about Payne and Lacey.


The two met when Payne visited her at the hospital during his career in Michigan, and the two established a friendship that included hanging out and cheering together.

Through her friendship with Payne, Lacey’s family attended the Dick Vitale Gala to help research cancer for children. Vitale – who also battled cancer this winter and he recently announced that he was cancer-free – spent time with Lacey and her parents before Payne’s last game at the Breslin Center.

β€œIt’s great to see a love affair in such a situation where there is such love, respect and admiration,” Vitale said.

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