Adreian Payne was the No. 15 pick in the NBA draft. (John Bazemore / Associated Press)
Atlanta — Michigan State power forward Adreian Payne has signed his rookie contract with the Atlanta Hawks.
Financial terms were not announced, but under the NBA’s rookie pay scale, Payne will make about $1.5 million in his first season.
Payne, drafted 15th overall, averaged 12.5 points and seven rebounds while starting all six games for the Hawks’ Las Vegas summer league team this month.
He finished his college career as Michigan State’s career leader with 141 blocked shots. He averaged 16.4 points and 7.3 rebounds as a senior last season.