Gary Payton II Stepping out of His Father's Oregon State Shadow

B/R StudiosFeatured ColumnistMarch 9, 2016

Senior Oregon State guard Gary Payton II is finally ready to step out of his Hall of Fame father's shadow and begin his own career in the NBA.

After spending two seasons at Salt Lake Community College, Payton decided to follow his father's legacy and transferred to Oregon State. It didn't take long for him to come into his own, being named to the All-Pac-12 team last season and winning Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Year honors. This is Payton's senior season, and he's continued to impress on the court with the Beavers clinging to tournament hopes.

Despite having the same name, the father and son couldn't be more different. With the nickname "The Glove" Gary Payton was known for his trash-talking and his ability to back it up. His number is retired and hangs from the rafters at Gill Coliseum, and that shadow is constantly looming over his son. Senior is still just as vocal and can often be spotted yelling at the referees from the sidelines at his son's games.

GP2 is quiet. He prefers to embrace his own style of play and resents being given the nickname "The Mitten." He has now cemented his own legacy at Oregon State and is expected to be taken in this year's NBA draft.

Check out the video that got the Paytons together in Gill Coliseum to talk about the past, present and future of their relationship and the Payton basketball legacy.