May 14, 2015

BY JOHN D. HOMAN
Logan Media Services

CARTERVILLE – John A. Logan College sophomore Martavian Payne participated last weekend in the National Junior College Men’s Basketball Coaches Association All-Star Game at Orleans Arena in Las Vegas.

A St. Louis native, Payne was one of only 24 JUCO sophomores invited to the game and the only representative of the Great Rivers Athletic Conference.

Payne, who was named First Team All-GRAC and All-Region, finished the game with 11 points, including seven in the first half. He was also credited with five rebounds, four assists and three steals for the West squad.

“I was very excited for Martavian,” said Vols head coach Kyle Smithpeters. “To step into that situation and play as well as he did after it’s been almost two months since his last game…I think that’s pretty impressive. And his team got the win.”

Payne averaged 15 points a game for Logan this past season and helped to lead the team to a GRAC, Region 24 and North District championship, as well as the school’s first trip to the national tournament in 20 years.

He and teammate, Russell Woods, recently committed to play this fall at the University of Missouri.

The All-Stars were also treated to a clinic hosted by Nike that featured former pro basketball standout and now NBA commentator, Bill Walton, and University of Arizona head coach Sean Miller.

 

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