Michigan State Spartans Forward Adreian Payne to Come Back for Senior Season?

By Connor Muldowney
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According to a recent report by @G2_Blog on Twitter, Michigan State power forward Adreian Payne is expected to remain in college for his senior season and put his NBA dreams on hold.

This report comes out just hours following the news that freshman Gary Harris would be returning to the Spartans for his sophomore season.

If, in fact, this is true, the Spartans will easily have the second best squad in the nation for 2013-14 and may very well be title favorites come March of 2014.

Payne emerged as one of the best players on the court every time the Spartans played and the tournament was no different. The junior forward showcased his athletic ability and his all-around talent. He could post up, defend, drive and shoot the ball from the perimeter, making him an easy NBA selection.

The same source who broke the news even stated Michigan State’s chances of being a title contender shortly after.

Tom Izzo is not the kind of coach to have multiple players leave early for the draft, or even one for that matter. He is a pro at maximizing players’ talent and keeping them around for four years.

The reason players stick around is simple: every four-year player to play under Izzo has reached at least one Final Four. That is a recipe for success that will keep players coming back year after year.

Is Adreian Payne the next player to buy into that system? We will know for sure in the next few days, but as for now, all signs point to yes.

Connor Muldowney is a columnist for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter @Connormuldowney, “Like” him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google.

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