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I'd sure like to see him in Green and White one more season. I don't think he's truly ready for the NBA, although I'm sure he'd get drafted. He'd do himself well to get a degree in any event.
If everyone on this team busted it like Payne, we'd win a national title this year. If he and Harris return with Dawson, we could challenge again next year.
Vim -- noun: robust energy and enthusiasm : VITALITY
Another answer for the UM dipshits who say guys never get better under Izzo.
That nonsense should have stopped with Draymond (and Suton, and so forth) but AP is providing those assholes with another example.
Anyone. Anyplace. Anytime.
It looked rather unique to me too....
"Jim Comparoni @JimComparoni
In 608 games I've never seen Izzo welcome a guy back to the huddle like that. Jumped up and hugged Payne like Lois Lane. #MSU Helluva salute"
Quit worrying about them and celebrate the outstanding young man we have in our program. Dudes really developed his effort. That's the amazing thing. He's always had skill but lacked consistency. I love watching how far he travels sometimes to get a board.
I think he's ready for the NBA. Would love to see him stay, but he has earned a spot on an NBA roster. Hopefully he has a monster Tourney and gets a fat contract.
The sheer physics of that hug are mindboggling.
He still loses concentration on defensive assignments and rebounding position from time to time, but those instances are getting rarer and rarer. And when he's dialed in, the effort is amazing.
Izzo has mad hops.
Getting into the Association for a cup of coffee isn't the goal. Having a career there is. No one's going to work with him on his game if he's sitting on the end of the Washington Wizards' bench.
When one of the people saying it is their loudmouth jackass of an assistant coach (Alexander), it can indeed be a problem.
he came in as a 5* athlete, and is leaving (this or next year) as a 5* basketball player.
unbelievable how far he has come if you remember watching him as a freshman
"Put your mother in a straight-jacket you punk ass white boy." ~ Mike Tyson
I doubt he leaves, he's really dedicated to getting his degree.
Actually, the problem isn't sitting on the bench. It's making a roster. Guys who get taken in the 2nd round often end up playing in Europe instead of the NBA (Suton, for example). Being a 1st round pick is a big deal. I think Payne may be flirting with that line.
And one freak injury could derail his dream. He should go. He has earned it.
I don't think he will go. His game has escalated every year. After this year he will be in the spotlight and possibly earn a top 10 pick. He bleeds green
If he played football, you'd have a more valid point. You see a lot of basketball players stay, and I can't think of any who suffered career-ending injuries in that extra year of college. Maybe it's happened, but it has to be very rare.
Payne still hasn't reached his ceiling. He should stay, get the degree he's worked so hard for, be a captain, and then go pro as an NBA-ready player.
Weren't Payne and Day Day roommates last year?
In addition to Payne's improved outside shooting, and hustle, he is becoming a smarter player as evidence by the series of events that earned the Izzo bear hug.
Anyhow, why I bring Day Day up, is that I am convinced that Day Day played a tape with subliminal inspirational and basketball IQ message while Payne slept. The fight with Dawson triggered Day Day's teachings to come out of Payne's subconscious to game day reality.
I'm watching The Journey right now and I have shed several tears during the Lacey Holdsworth segment. What a sweet kid--I pray that she beats her cancer. But I am so impressed with Payne. He has not only become a great player, but an even better MAN. He is so amazingly gentle and sweet with this little girl (and he has overcome so many obstacles in his own life).
Can't stand Comp, but that was an amazing moment. That play is my favorite play in a long, long time. That dude, right there, became one of my all time favorite Spartans.
Please, please, please--come back next year...
As a parent, that just rips your heart out. That man will be loved by those parents for the rest of their lives. And, hopefully, that little girl will have a friend for many, many years to come.
It is amazing to look back to when he was getting pushed around in the paint like a rag doll and fumbling the ball out of bounds. He really does seem to understand how to pick his moments. Moments that are increasing in frequency to the point he could be one of the best players in college basketball next season if not this March. Guy has a good head and heart. Dont think he would leave but if he did it would be for the right reasons.
Was on a plane, can someone explain what happened.
Payne went baseline for a dunk in traffic, missed it b/c he probably got fouled, (no call, despite the refs otherwise whistling every ticky-tack foul all night), landed VERY hard on his back, laid motionless for a moment while play was still going on and bodies scrambling around him and over him for the loose ball, (again, no whistle to protect our player at risk).
Payne comes to and gets back into the play, (unlike Dawson, who lingers too long on the floor -- give him time), snatches the ball and very smartly calls timeout. When Payne comes back to the huddle, Izzo gives him a flying hug, patting the hell out of the part of his back he landed on. Fired up the crowd, fired up the whole team.
wusconsin's ass was already beat by then, but maybe it'll convince the rest of our front line to start giving similar effort.
All the more reason to get a degree. He could also get a freak injury right AFTER going pro. Where would he be then?
well 1st round NBA contracts are guaranteed, so he would have at least 2.5 million dollars (before taxes, agent fees, ect)
Another thing to consider, is that this is considered a very weak draft. If he impresses in the tourney, it might be really tough to do better in the 2014 draft (which although it is very early, is looking strong)
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