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Adreian Payne Has Solid Production in Team USA Debut

July 6th, 2013 at 6:07 PM
By MacK Lester

During an exhibition game against the Russian professional basketball club UNICS, Michigan State Spartan Adreian Payne and the rest of Team USA showed their stuff.

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Payne, the 6’10” 245 pound power forward, shot 2-2 for the game for five points. He was only in the game for approximately 14 minutes and committed four fouls. The only other Team USA player to shoot perfect for the game was Iowa’s Aaron White, who went 3-3 from the floor plus four free throws for a total of eleven points.

On Friday for the second exhibition against another Russian professional club, Payne again played only 14 minutes due to foul trouble. He did manage to produce six points and five rebounds in route to the team’s 93-67 loss.

Team USA assistant coach John Beilein of the University of Michigan, has stated he will work with Payne to improve his game.

"We're going to sit down tomorrow, that's for sure," Beilein said. "Adreian and I are going to figure out why he got in foul trouble today. I think he's going to have to adapt to the way they're going to call fouls here. I know this (meeting) sounds a little unique. You've got the Indiana guys and the Michigan State guy and a Michigan coach on this team. Sure, these are guys that we compete against. But it's also USA.”

“We've got to make us all better," Beilein said, "I'm sure if opposing coaches from the Big 10 were coaching my guys I'd like them to use this time to make my guys better. That's what we're trying to do."

The official games start on Sunday in Kazan, Russia. 

Tags: Aaron White, Adreian Payne, Indiana, Iowa, John Beilein, Michigan, Michigan State, Michigan State Spartans, MSU, NCAA

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