No. 22 Michigan State at No. 24 Iowa photos by USA TODAY Sports
Preseason First-Team All-American as selected by Blue Ribbon College Basketball Yearbook Rated the nation's No. 1 center by Lindy's College Basketball Magazine Preseason first-team All-Big Ten selection by both Lindy's and USA Today Extremely long athletic power forward who opted to return for his senior season rather than enter the NBA draft Owns a team-best 7-foot-4 wingspan His 38 inch no-step vertical jump is the best of the Izzo era Ranks third in MSU career blocks (113), needing 22 blocks in his senior season to become MSU's all-time leader Versatile offensive player with an unblockable jump hook as well as range out past the 3-point arc Runs the floor extremely well in transition.
Second-team All-Big Ten honoree Recipient of MSU's Most Improved Player, Jumping Johnny Green Chairman of the Boards, and Scholar-Athlete Awards Appeared in 36 games, starting 24, averaging 25.6 minutes per game Averaged 10.5 points, ranking third on the team, and a team-best 7.6 rebounds per contest, ranking third in the Big Ten Led the Big Ten in free-throw percentage (.848), while also ranking among the conference leaders in defensive rebounds (1st, 5.5 drpg), field-goal percentage (6th, .546) and blocked shots (7th, 1.3 bpg) His team-best 46 blocks rank sixth on the MSU single-season list Shot 16-of-42 from 3-point range on the season, but only attempted one 3-pointer prior to Jan. 13 Started the final 18 games of the season, playing 30 or more minutes 13 times, after playing 30 minutes or more just once in the first 89 games of his career Led MSU in scoring in three games and in rebounding in 18 games Led MSU with nine double-doubles, including six in the final 11 games of the season Led MSU with 11 double-figure rebounding games Scored a season-high 20 points in just 17 second-half minutes at Penn State (1/16) Grabbed a career-high 15 rebounds at Ohio State (2/24), to go with 12 points in posting a double-double Added double-doubles against Nicholls State (12/1; 10 pts., 12 reb.), Loyola-Chicago (12/8; 14 pts., 10 reb.), Tuskegee (12/15; 12 pts., 10 reb.), Nebraska (2/16; 15 pts., 14 reb.), Michigan (3/3; 17 pts., 12 reb.), Iowa in the Big Ten Tournament (3/15; 18 pts., 10 reb.), Memphis in the third round of the NCAA Tournament (3/23; 14 pts., 10 reb.) and Duke in the Sweet Sixteen of the NCAA Tournament (3/29; 14 pts., 10 reb.) Blocked a season-high five shots against Memphis in the NCAA Tournament, establishing an MSU NCAA Tournament single-game record Also blocked four shots against Kansas (11/13), and had two or more blocks in 12 contests The men's basketball and Michigan State male athlete recipient of the Big Ten Sportsmanship Award Played for USA Basketball at the 2013 World University Games in Kazan, Russia, averaging 5.1 points and 3.8 rebounds in eight games, including starting three; ranked second on the team with seven blocks.
Appeared in 37 games, starting 36, averaging 7.0 points and 4.2 rebounds Led the Spartans with 39 blocks, good for the seventh-best single-season effort at MSU, ranking tied for seventh in the Big Ten (1.1 bpg) Ranked second on the team in field-goal percentage (.566) among players with more than 50 field-goal attempts Scored in double figures on nine occasions, including scoring a career-high 16 points vs. Iowa (3/9) in the Big Ten Tournament quarterfinals and LIU Brooklyn (3/16) in the second round of the NCAA Tournament Scored a team-high 15 points in 20 minutes on 6-of-6 shooting in MSU's 58-48 win at No. 3 Ohio State (2/11) Led MSU in rebounding in two contests: vs. Duke (11/15 - 12 rebounds) and at Minnesota (2/22 - 5 rebounds) The 12 rebounds against Duke were a career best Added 10 rebounds against Texas Southern (11/18) Blocked a career-best four shots in the regular-season finale vs. Ohio State (3/4) and again against the Buckeyes in the Big Ten Tournament title game (3/11) Connected on his first career 3-pointer at Illinois (1/31) Academic All-Big Ten Recipient of MSU's Scholar-Athlete Award.
Appeared in 34 games, starting six Averaged 2.5 points and 2.4 rebounds Third on the squad with 28 blocks, the second-highest single-season total for a Spartan freshman Led MSU in rebounding in two games Started the final four contests of the season Made his first career start vs. Texas (12/22) Totaled 10 points and seven rebounds in his Spartan debut vs. Eastern Michigan (11/12) Equaled season high with 10 points at Ohio State (2/15) Scored eight points vs. Iowa (3/2), adding six rebounds Grabbed six rebounds or more in five games, including two contests with seven rebounds Blocked three shots at Minnesota (2/22), and had seven games with two blocks or more.
Led Jefferson High School to Division IV state championship 2010 First-Team Division IV All-State 2010 Ohio Division IV Player of the Year Averaged 15.6 points, 11.3 rebounds and 4.0 blocked shots as a senior Averaged 15 points, 12 rebounds and four blocks as a junior Shot 53 percent from the field Helped lead Jefferson to a 19-5 record Named first-team All-Area in Division IV by the Dayton Daily News 2009 special mention All-State honoree One of 16 participants at Amare Stoudemire Skills Academy, a skills camp for the nation's elite prep big men Participated in the 2009 Lebron James Skills Academy One of 30 prep players selected to participate in the 2009 Nike Global Challenge in August, where he teamed with Spartan teammate Russell Byrd on Team USA Midwest Attended 2009 NBA Players AssociationTop 100 Camp Played AAU with All-Ohio Red 17 & Under, capturing the Boo Williams Invite over the 2009 Easter weekend First Dayton-area Spartan since Andre Hutson (Trotwood-Madison) Averaged 15.4 points as a sophomore Named first-team All-Area in Division IV by the Dayton Daily News 2008 second-team All-State honoree Ranked nationally by Scout.com (17), Rivals.com (20), ESPNU Top 100 (26) Among the top players in the nation at his position as ranked by Rivals.com (3 Center), Scout.com (5 C) and ESPNU Top 100 (9 Power Forward) Played for Coach Art Winston at Jefferson Township High School.
Born Feb. 19, 1991 Son of Thomas Payne and Gloria Lewis Raised by his grandmother Mary Lewis Interdisciplinary studies major.