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  1. UL Basketball Tracking the Preaux Career of Elfrid Payton

    Elfrid Payton lands in Orlando



    BROOKLYN, N.Y. – Louisiana Ragin' Cajuns men's basketball standout Elfrid Payton became the third player in school history to be chosen in the first round of the NBA Draft when he was selected on Thursday as the 10th overall pick by the Philadelphia 76er's.

    Payton, a Gretna native and former John Ehret High product, was later traded to the Orlando Magic for Croatian forward Dario Saric, who was picked at No. 12. Payton became the 20th player in school history to be selected in the NBA Draft and the third by the Sixers joining Hall of Famers Dean Church (10th round, 1965) – the first Ragin' Cajuns draft selection – and two-time NBA All-Star Andrew Toney (8th overall pick, Philadelphia, 1980).

    "I was excited, Orlando was one of the places that I would have like to have gone to," Payton said, shortly after being traded. "I love the front office … it's a good fit. My style of play is that I can get up and down the floor, but I can also run my team in the halfcourt set. I can get after it defensively which will lead to offense.

    "I think the game has kind of changed in putting just the best players on the floor. I feel like I can play multiple positions. I'm looking forward to it."

    Payton joined Toney and Kevin Brooks (18th, Denver, 1991) as first-round selections in Ragin' Cajuns history and was the first Sun Belt Conference Player picked since Western Kentucky's Courtney Lee (22nd, Orlando) in 2008.

    "It's been fascinating to watch his climb," head coach Bob Marlin said. "Elfrid has met every challenge that has been presented to him in his basketball career. He won a gold medal last year with Team USA and led us to the NCAA Championships. To watch him grow by leaps and bounds has been phenomenal to watch."

    During a spectacular three-year career with the Ragin' Cajuns, Payton finished 16th in school history in scoring (1,425 points) while grabbing 508 rebounds with 486 assists (fifth on the all-time list) and a school-record 197 steals. His 644 career free throw attempts were fourth in school history, trailing Bo Lamar (802, 1969-73), Tim Thompson (722, 1957-61) and Toney (690, 1976-80).

    "The draft is a fluid thing and Elfrid is someone going into the draft who we had targeted," Magic General Manager Rob Hennigan said. ``Again, I'm going to sing a familiar tune (as with Aaron Gordon). We loved his competitiveness and his toughness. We love his desire to want to play defense and compete at that end of the floor. As the draft started to fall and shake out, we felt it was worth it to go and acquire him with some of the assets that we have."

    Payton averaged 19.2 points, 6.0 rebounds, 5.9 assists and 2.3 steals per game in helping the Ragin' Cajuns to a 23-12 record and their first berth to the NCAA Championships since 2005. Payton scored in double figures in 32 of 35 games played, including 14 games with 20 or more points and four 30-point performances. On the season, Payton attempted a school-record 302 free throws, breaking the previous mark of 273 set by Dean Church in 1964-65.

    He was honored earlier this year as the 2014 Lefty Driesell National Defensive Player of the Year and was named to the Lou Henson All-America Team. Payton earned first-team All-Sun Belt Conference honors, where he was named the league's Defensive Player of the Year, and the named the 2014 College Basketball Player of the Year by both the Louisiana Sports Writers Association (LSWA) and the Louisiana Association of Basketball Coaches (LABC).

    Payton led the Sun Belt Conference in steals for the second consecutive year, recording 80 and finishing with a school-record total to 197. He finished second on the team in rebounds (6.0) and was part of a defensive unit that led the Sun Belt Conference in rebounding margin and was second in steals.

    He was one of 10 Division I players during the season to record a triple-double when he scored 34 points, with 11 rebounds and 11 assists at ULM. Payton scored 31 points in games against Houston and Western Kentucky and 32 against Oakland while posting six double-doubles, including games at Louisiana Tech and defending national champion Louisville.

    Payton spent last summer as the starting point guard for Team USA at the FIBA U19 World Championship, helping the team to the gold medal. Payton took part in a seven-game goodwill tour of China and the Far East with Reach USA, where he led the team in scoring in seven games.

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  2. UL Basketball Elfrid Payton lands in Orlando

    Elfrid Payton didn't remain a Philadelphia 76er long enough for one of their caps to muss up his prodigious hairdo.

    Minutes after being chosen by Sixers with the 10th pick in the NBA draft Thursday, the former Louisiana standout was dealt to Orlando in exchange for Croatian Dario Saric, whom the Magic took two picks later.




  3. UL Basketball 'Dream come true': Payton drafted in top 10

    The people who packed Alumni House on the campus of the University of Louisiana ... at Lafayette started to get frustrated Thursday night. The Los Angeles Lakers and Sacramento Kings passed on Elfrid Payton with their picks in the first round of the NBA Draft.

    But then, as NBA Commissioner Adam Silver came to the podium in the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y., a hush came over the room. Then the crowd went wild.




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    Default Re: 'Dream come true': Payton drafted in top 10

    Already thinking of a trip to Orlando to watch some..."Elfrid magic"!


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    Magic!

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    Default Re: 'Dream come true': Payton drafted in top 10

    Love this quote from Aaron Gordon, his new (and former) teammate:

    "Elfrid is on our team? Oh my goodness, that’s absolutely incredible,’’ Gordon said to the Orlando media. "He’s my kind of player because he plays both ends, he can handle the ball and he’s a good decision-maker. He’s very unselfish, he plays with a lot of heart and he has good character. I played on the USA team with him and every time we’ve been in a (pre-draft) workout together we’ve been paired up for 2-on-2 and we get wins.’’


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    Default Re: 'Dream come true': Payton drafted in top 10

    he does get the money slotted for the 10 spot right? or is it the 12 since he was traded? or is there even a difference?


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    Default Re: 'Dream come true': Payton drafted in top 10

    Quote Originally Posted by dms4720 View Post
    he does get the money slotted for the 10 spot right? or is it the 12 since he was traded? or is there even a difference?
    I was told last night that he will get the 10 spot money because that is where he was drafted.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MelRock View Post
    I was told last night that he will get the 10 spot money because that is where he was drafted.
    good for him.

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    Well of course he gets the money for the slot he was drafted in. Just like he's not considered the 12th pick because he was the 10th pick. He was traded for a lower pick plus an extra pick. Bigger salary=2 smaller salaries

    2014-15 Rookie Scale

    Pick--1st yr--2nd yr--3rd yr--4th yr option--5th yr option
    10--$1,998,200--$2,088,100--$2,178,000--27.5%--36.2%
    12--$1,803,400--$1,884,600--$1,965,700--37.8%--37.6%

    (The option percentages is the percent above the previous year for the option.)

    http://basketball.realgm.com/nba/info/rookie_scale/2015


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    Default Re: 'Dream come true': Payton drafted in top 10

    Eli manning got 1st pick money when drafted by chargers even though he was traded to giants


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    This is awesome. The young man definitely made the right decision. Congratulations Elfrid.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Bandwagon King View Post
    This is awesome. The young man definitely made the right decision. Congratulations Elfrid.
    You are right about that and just think next year we could very well likely have another first rounder. Great for these young men and our school.

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    "We knew they were very serious about wanting Elfrid." Serious enough to have spent more than three hours in Lafayette recently talking with the Ragin' Cajuns coaches and other members of the basketball staff. Payton, a 6-foot-4, 185-pound point ...


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    Former Ragin' Cajuns star Andrew Toney, a two-time NBA All-Star, was picked eighth overall by Philadelphia in the 1980 NBA Draft. Payton finished 16th in school history in scoring (1,425 points) while grabbing 508 rebounds with 486 assists (fifth on the ...


  16. UL Basketball Payton has created bunch of new Orlando Magic fans

    In the mid-1970s, there were an awful lot of New York Yankees fans in the Acadiana area with local product Ron Guidry pitching for the Bronx Bombers.

    In the 1980s, more than just a few NBA fans in these parts supported the Philadelphia 76ers with ex-Ragin' Cajun great Andrew Toney being a first-round draft pick there.



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    Quote Originally Posted by NewsCopy View Post
    In the mid-1970s, there were an awful lot of New York Yankees fans in the Acadiana area with local product Ron Guidry pitching for the Bronx Bombers.

    In the 1980s, more than just a few NBA fans in these parts supported the Philadelphia 76ers with ex-Ragin’ Cajun great Andrew Toney being a first-round draft pick there.

    ---Man I can't wait to see EP's first commercial for the Hair style---Crew cuts, flat tops, Mullets, afros, and now with the first Beware of the hair commercial---EP rubbing something into his hair!!! Hell maybe even shampoo, conditioner, and Gel!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Boomer View Post
    ---Man I can't wait to see EP's first commercial for the Hair style---Crew cuts, flat tops, Mullets, afros, and now with the first Beware of the hair commercial---EP rubbing something into his hair!!! Hell maybe even shampoo, conditioner, and Gel!!!
    Has anybody asked him what he calls his hair style? I'm just curious as to what he calls it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by FeelDaRage View Post
    Has anybody asked him what he calls his hair style? I'm just curious as to what he calls it.
    EPisodic

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    Default Elfrid Payton Coverage in New Orleans

    http://www.nola.com/sports/index.ssf..._river_default

    Good coverage of Elfrid in the Times Picayune linked above.


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