Spartan Dreams Come True at the NBA Draft
Every young man who plays basketball and loves basketball as a little boy dreams of what happened for two Spartans tonight. Adreian Payne and Gary Harris each heard their names announced by NBA Commissioner Adam Silver and instantly became millionaires and professional basketball players.
Payne came off the board first. He heard his name called at #15 as the Atlanta Hawks pegged him for their future, â€œStretch four.â€ Payne said of playing in Atlanta now that, â€œI’m very excited that I can continue to play my game and stretch the floor and play inside and out.â€
He went on to add, â€œFrom Michigan State, we have a toughness, the players that leave there, and I’m going to just bring toughness, hard work, and I’m going to play hard every game and in practice.â€
For Gary Harris the wait wasnâ€™t much longer. While many projected him to go slightly higher than he did, he certainly didnâ€™t fall far. He was picked #19 by the Bulls, but that isnâ€™t where he is headed. They made a trade earlier in the night that once approved by the NBA will send him to Denver.
Harris said about going to the Mile High City that, â€œI’m looking forward to it. I’m ready to get there and work and definitely earn a position there. Nothing’s going to be given to me. I feel like it would be a great spot.â€ And went on to add, â€œI just want to go in there and put in work and just be able to go in there with the right attitude working every day and doing everything I can to help contribute to the team.â€
It was a magical night in Spartan Nation. To see multiple first round Spartans chosen once again (fourth time in the Izzo era) and for the Coach to be in New York City for the event was special. The Spartans Keith Appling had a chance to be selected after being slowed for much of the past season with a wrist/palm injury. He was not.