Westminster's Payne works out for Jazz
June 22nd, 2009 @ 11:00am
SALT LAKE CITY -- Geoff Payne from Westminster College is working out with the Utah Jazz of the National Basketball Association on Monday morning. Payne was named the 2008-09 NAIA National Player of the Year after leading the Griffins to the quarterfinals of the Buffalo Funds-NAIA National Championships and a 30-5 overall record.
Monday is the fourth day of workouts held by the Jazz in preparation for Thursday's draft. Utah holds the 20th pick of the first round along with the 50th overall pick during the second round.
Payne, a 6-7 forward from Sandy, Utah, spent just one season with the Griffins. He finished third nationally with his 65.2% field goal percentage, and was 11th in scoring at 20.7 points per game. He was recognized as the Frontier Conference Player of the Year and was named to the Buffalo Funds-NAIA All-Tournament Team. Payne played one season at Southern Utah University where he was named the Summit League Newcomer of the Year. Prior to that, he spent two seasons at Snow College.