Michigan State got a big addition to the 2010 recruiting class on Thursday as Tom Izzo earned a commitment from 6'10" center Adreian Payne live on ESPN U.
Payne is as highly regarded as recruits come. Rivals lists him at the 20th best senior in the country, while ESPN lists him at 23rd and Scout has him pegged at 21st.
Payne is a long, athletic center. At this point in his career, he is known more for his defense than his offensive ability as his long arms make him an excellent shot blocker. Tom Izzo loves toughness inside, and if Payne can put on some strength, he could turn into a potential lottery pick playing in East Lansing.
Payne is the crown jewel in what is shaping up to be another great recruiting class for Izzo. He already has commitments from PG Keith Appling and forwards Russell Byrd and Alex Gauna.