October 29, 2009
Video: Five-star Spartan a match-up nightmare
Michigan State commitment Adreian Payne was the focus of one of the most intense recruiting showdowns this year, as some of college basketball's most recognizable coaches representing some of the most success programs faced off for the 6-foot-10, 215-pound Dayton Jefferson star.
Payne, who is rated the No. 4 center in the senior class and No. 20 overall player, had offers from dozens of high-major programs during the recruiting process. Michigan State, which began to pursue Payne with vigor during the spring, beat out a list of finalists that included West Virginia, Kentucky, Arizona, and Kansas.
During the July evaluation period some of the most high profile coaches in America were on the trail of the Jefferson star. Click through to watch footage of Payne in action during the evaluation period. The footage embeded in this story was shot by SpartanMag.com at the Lebron James Skills Academy and the King City Classic.
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