From The Racer Insider: A 6-3 guard, Payne played for
the Racers from 2013-15 before
leaving early for the NBA. He is
the only player in Murray State
history to leave early for the NBA
and is the only lottery pick to
have played for the Racers.
Payne was a two-time AllOVC
selection. As a freshman he
dished out the third most assists
in a single season in MSU history.
The next year he exceeded that, falling just three short
of Chad Townsend's record. In 2015 he averaged 20.2 points
and nearly six assists per game. At the end of the season he
was named OVC Player of the Year and OVC Athlete of the
Year and was a third team All-American.
In 2015 Payne led the Racers to an undefeated record in
OVC play and a regular season championship. His deadly outside
shot coupled with his ability to dart into the lane and hit
finger rolls and floaters made him almost impossible to guard.
When Payne announced that he was leaving for the NBA
Steve Prohm said, "He has embodied what our program is
about both on and off the court. He led us to a 29-3 record in
OVC play over the last two years. And he was the third most
efficient player in the country this year."