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Michigan State's Payne staying for senior season

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Michigan State's Adreian Payne has decided to stay in school, making the Spartans one of the teams to beat next season.

It also might make Payne a top-10 pick next year.

The announcement was made Sunday just hours before the deadline for underclassmen to enter the NBA draft.

Payne averaged 10.5 points, 7.6 rebounds and 1.3 blocks as a junior last season. He produced more in each category in the NCAA tournament.

The 6-foot-10, 240-pound forward added a 3-point shot last season. He made 16 of 42 after connecting one of two 3-pointers during his first two years with the Spartans.

Big Ten freshman of the year Gary Harris announced last week he was staying at Michigan State for his sophomore season.

By LARRY LAGE

AP Sports Writer