Michigan State's Tom Izzo releases statement following news of Adreian Payne's passing
Ex-Michigan State men’s basketball standout Adreian Payne was killed in a shooting on Monday morning. He played for the Spartans from 2010 to 2014, and was 31-years old when he passed away.
Following the news about his passing, Michigan State head coach Tom Izzo released a statement in a press release. Izzo has been at East Lansing since 1995 and coached Payne during his whole time there. Payne was a two-time All-B1G selection during his college career at Michigan State.
Here’s what Izzo had to say about the tragic passing of Payne:
“I’m in shock at the tragic news of Adreian Payne’s death,” said Izzo. “Our prayers are with his family, teammates, and loved ones. Adreian was loved by his teammates and coaches, who respected his development as a player and a person. Today is a difficult and sad day for the Spartan basketball family. Following graduation, Adreian regularly returned to East Lansing. In doing so, he developed and strengthened relationships with players from all eras. I’ve heard from many of those players today, and each one with their own fond memory of Adreian.”
— Michigan State Men’s Basketball (@MSU_Basketball) May 9, 2022