With the 15th pick in the 2014 draft, the Hawks have selected Michigan State power forward Adreian Payne.
As a senior, Payne averaged 16.7 points and 7.3 rebounds last season with the Spartans. One of Payne’s biggest attributes is his shooting, as he shot 43% on 3s during the year.
“We want to play with pace and space,” said Hawk GM Danny Ferry after the selection. “Adreian is a guy who can do both.”
“I’m very excited that I can continue to play my game,” said Payne, “and stretch the floor and play inside and out.”
Ferry went on to praise the Michigan State program: “Michigan State guys are guys that we like. They play with a high level of competitiveness… Michigan State is a program we really respect. Playing for four years for Tom Izzo can only be a good thing.”
Payne expanded on that in his presser, saying “From Michigan State, we have a toughness, the players leave there, and I’m going to just bring toughness, hard work, and I’m going to play hard every game and in practice.”
— Atlanta Hawks (@ATLHawks) June 27, 2014