Ex-MSU basketball star Adreian Payne died earlier this week in an apparent shooting in Florida. During his time at MSU, there were many highlights including big wins and a special relationship with a child with cancer. We look back on his time here.
PHOTOS: Adreian Payne through the years at MSU
Forward Adreian Payne holds up the net with St. Johns resident Lacey Holsworth, 8, on March 16, 2014, after the game against Michigan at the Big Ten Championship at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis. The Spartans defeated the Wolverines, 69-55.
Center Adreian Payne goes over a play with Head Coach Tom Izzo at the Breslin Center.
Center Adreian Payne shoots over Iowa forward Melsahn Basabe at Conseco Fieldhouse in Indianapolis. The Spartans kicked off the 2011 Big Ten Tournament with a 66-61 victory over the Hawkeyes.
Center Adreian Payne goes up for a jump shot during practice for the Quicken Loans Carrier Classic on board the U.S.S. Carl Vinson at Naval Base Coronado in Coronado, CA.
Then-sophomore center Adreian Payne takes a shot during practice for the Quicken Loans Carrier Classic on board the U.S.S. Carl Vinson at Naval Base Coronado in Coronado, CA.
Center Adreian Payne dunks the ball during a moment of silence for Lacey Holsworth at a memorial service April 17, 2014, at the Breslin Center. The memorial service, open to the public, featured a musical performance by her piano teacher, a dance performance by her dance teacher and video slideshows of her life.
Center Adreian Payne stands with the team while watching a video of Lacey Holsworth's relationship with the basketball team at a memorial service April 17, 2014, at Breslin Center.
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Center Adreian Payne finger rolls the ball into the basket in the Spartans' 61-57 victory over the Fighting Illini at the Breslin Center.
Forward Adreian Payne talks to former assistant coach Dan Fife during the game against Minnesota on Jan. 11, 2014, at the Breslin Center. The Spartans defeated the Gophers in overtime, 87-75.
Then-senior center Adreian Payne holds St. Johns resident Lacey Holsworth, 8, on March 6, 2014, at Breslin Center after the game against Iowa during Senior Night. The Spartans defeated the Hawkeyes 86-76.
Center Adreian Payne jumps for a slam dunk at Crisler Center in Ann Arbor. The Spartans fell to the Wolverines 60-59.
Center Adreian Payne knocked the ball away from the net and was called for goaltending. The Spartans lost to the Wolverines, 70-63, at Crisler Center in Ann Arbor.