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Yin: Second-best defensive rebounding percentage in the Big Ten
Yang: Surprisingly soft outside jumper; second on team in three-point shooting percentage (40.5 percent)
I know that questioning Tom Izzo is some sort of mortal sports-writing sin, but I do wonder if Michigan State is getting all it can out of Adreian Payne.
Payne is a fantastic interior athlete who just so happens to sport a feathery little jumper. The only problem is he didn't shoot it much until the back end of this, his junior year.
The 6'10" Ohio native attempted a mere three three-point attempts during his freshman and sophomore years combined. Through the first 16 games of the 2012-13 season, he'd launched only one long-distance try.
Then the lightbulb went off...or the strategy shifted...or the floodgates opened...or some other cliche to express sudden change. Over the season's final 19 contests, Payne attempted 1.9 three per game and connected on better than 40 percent of them.
Early indications are that he has the stretch to play stretch four at the next level, and Sparty would be wise to capitalize on those skills before Payne's time in Lansing is through.