Adreian Payne will always be known as a talented forward at Michigan State, but his lasting legacy as a Spartan may be his amazing friendship with the late Lacey Holsworth. At the NBA Combine this week, teams have asked Payne about his relationship with Lacey, who tragically passed away in early April, and the Holsworth family, and they’ve reportedly come away impressed.
An 8-year-old girl dying from cancer. A basketball player bonding with her like a big brother.
NBA executives wanted to hear all about it. Payne was happy to oblige.
The story came up quite a bit in meetings at the NBA draft combine in Chicago this week, with teams asking him to recount how he became friends with the girl from St. Johns, Michigan, who died April 8.
“They really like what I did,” Payne said. “That’s what they say. They just tipped their hat off to me about things that I did in the community.”
If teams are looking at high-quality individuals as well as basketball players, Payne shouldn’t have any issues impressing teams during the pre-draft process.