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Murray State's Cameron Payne entering NBA draft


Murray State sophomore guard Cameron Payne announced he is entering the NBA draft.

Payne made the announcement Monday afternoon during a press conference at Murray State.

Payne, from Memphis, has been a shining star in his two seasons with the Racers.

He was honored Friday as a the Lute Olson Player of the Year Award at the awards banquet in Indianapolis. The Lute Olson Award is named after the Hall of Fame coach at Arizona and Iowa.

Payne was also named the Ohio Valley Conference Preseason Player of the year and the OVC MVP at seasons' end. 

He was named All-America by the Associated Press as Honorable Mention and by CBS Sports as Third Team. Payne was also NABC All-District 19, USBWA All-District 4 and a Naismith Trophy Semifinalist. He was also named the Cousy Award Watch List.

Payne scored 20.2 points per game and with 6.0 assists to rank 13th and 15th among NCAA D-I players, according to Murray State University.

He was the fourth player in MSU history to score 700 points in a single season with 707 (it ranked fifth all-time in a single season at MSU). His 209 assists were three off the record at MSU. Payne was the second fastest MSU player to reach 1,000 points, doing it in 57 games. After two seasons, Payne is the 23rd all-time scorer at MSU with 1,279. He's past the halfway point to leader Jeff Martin's 2,484 points (1985-89).

Payne was a big part of the Racers' 29-6 season, which included the program's 24th OVC championship and a pair of wins in the National Invitation Tournament. Along the way, MSU won 25 straight games (second-longest in the nation) and went 16-0 in the OVC as the first in school history and the fifth in league history to run the table.

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