Found March 28, 2013 on Fox Sports Detroit:
Adreian Payne has lived life in the shadows the past three seasons at Michigan State. Spartans guards Keith Appling and Gary Harris were McDonalds All-Americans, and center Derrick Nix was Mr. Basketball at Detroit Pershing. Before this season, there was 2012 All-American Draymond Green. Payne, a 6-foot-10 junior forward-center, was a contributor, but not a star. However, as MSU readies for its 9:45 p.m. Friday night Sweet 16 showdown with Duke in Indianapolis, Payne has clearly worked his way out of the shadows. And if he can team with Nix to put the clamps on the Blue Devils two quality big men, Mason Plumlee and Ryan Kelly, and lead the Spartans to victory, Payne could find the spotlight. Losing and failing to make an impact could have the reverse affect, and leave fans and pundits wondering if hes up to challenge of handling the games elite big men. Payne was dominant Saturday at The Palace of Auburn Hills in leading MSU to a convincing win over Memphis. He had 14 points, 10...
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