With just minutes before the start of the NBA Draft, ESPN insider Chad Ford published his final mock draft. If Ford’s mock holds true, Michigan State Forward Adreian Payne won’t have to travel far from his alma mater to play pro-ball.
Projections have Adreian Payne playing for the Chicago Bulls after being selected with the #19 pick. The Bulls have been trying to trade their pick in the third round but if they don’t they will look to add depth to their front court rotation with Payne.
Here is what ESPN insider has to say about Adreian Payne and his draft status:
Payne is another unique prospect because he is poised to help a team right now, but many scouts believe he still has upside because he’s been a late bloomer. He can play both the 4 and the 5, and he can shoot and score down low. Plus, he is long and has athleticism. Why isn’t he a top-10 pick? He’s relatively old (23), and old is a bad thing when it comes to the draft. He’s getting looks as high as the Wolves at No. 13. The Bulls at Nos. 16 and 19 and the Thunder at No. 21 also look like really good options.
Adreian Payne is the second Spartan projected to be selected in the first round. Gary Harris is also projected to be chosen in the middle of the opening round of the draft.