A couple of days ago, Phoenix Suns point guard Cameron Payne got his No.1 jersey retired at Murray State. Payne played there from 2013-15.
“From me and family, we would like to thank you guys,” Payne said during the halftime ceremony of the Racers’ 81-64 win over UIC. “It’s like a family here. I couldn’t have done it without all of you and be the man I am today without being around all of you great people.”
At Murray State, Payne played in 69 games and scored 1,279 points, and dished out 393 assists. He averaged 18.5 points and 5.7 assists per game in two years with the Racers. Payne was an All-American in 2015 and helped Murray State go 16-0 in conference play to win the OVC championship. The point guard was inducted into the Murray State Hall of Fame in 2020.
“Thanks to Coach (Steve) Prohm, I appreciate you and my family is thankful for you,” Payne added as most of his Phoenix Suns teammates and coaching staff watched in person. “All of those guys up there (now 12 retired numbers at Murray State) they set the way for myself, Isaiah and Ja and on down the line. Thanks to my team for being here, I love you guys!”
Payne was picked with the 14th overall pick by the Oklahoma City Thunder in the 2015 NBA Draft. Before joining the Suns, Payne played for the Thunder, Chicago Bulls, Toronto Raptors, and Cleveland Cavaliers. He is now in his eighth season and fourth with the Suns. The former Murray State star is out because of injury.
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