With just 300 miles separating Dayton and East Lansing its no surprise that Michigan State would be recruiting a player this talented this close to their campus.
But the early scuttlebutt was that Payne was not interested in Michigan State after some reports listed several schools that he was interested in and the Spartans were not among them.
But Payne cleared the air telling GoSpartans.net he watched the National Championship game between North Carolina and Michigan State and said he thought the Spartans "were really good and he liked the way they've moved the ball up the court."
And we were not surprised when we asked if Michigan State was recruiting him he said "yes," and he also answered "yes" when asked if he was interested in them.
He said he has not taken an official visit but would like to, he just doesn't know if he'll be able to get their this summer.
Payne is playing the AAU circuit with All-Ohio and will be participating in the King James Shooting Stars tournament in Akron next week and this weekend, travels to Conway, Arkansas with his team to participate in the AAU Super Regional.
The All-Ohio squad will be a who's who of the top Ohio players including Aaron Craft, a three-star point guard from Findlay, OH (Tennessee), Jordan Sibert (Ohio State), a four-star guard from Cincinnati Princeton, Jared Sullinger, a five-star center who's committed to Ohio State, Juwan Staten, a four-star point guard from Dayton Thurgood Marshall(Dayton) and Payne.
Payne is a man of few words, and most of his answers are short and to the point, so it also wasn't surprising when we asked him if he had a leader and that he's interested in all of the schools that have contacted him.
He couldn't remember which one of the Michigan State coaches had come to visit him but when we listed the names he said he thought it was coach Mark Montgomery. Payne also told GSN that he sees himself as a forward at the collegiate level, despite being ranked as a five-star center.
With MSU already adding guards Keith Appling of Detroit (MI) Pershing and Russell Byrd of Ft. Wayne (IN) Blackhawk Christian, adding a player of Payne's ability would give the Spartans a super recruiting haul that could put them back into Final Fours for years to come.
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