It’s likely to be one of many preseason accolades for MSU senior Adreian Payne, but one of the bibles of college basketball has named him among the best in the game.
Blue Ribbon College Basketball Yearbook named the Spartans center to its first-team all-American team. He’s joined by Oklahoma State’s Marcus Smart, Creighton’s Doug McDermott, Kansas’ Andrew Wiggins and Louisville’s Russ Smith.
Here’s a sneak peak at the Blue Ribbon cover. The 400-page “magazine” (it’s really much more of a soft-cover book) gives detailed previews of all 345 Division I basketball teams and will be out later this fall. And for full disclosure, I wrote the previews for MSU and a few other Big Ten schools. It is available for preorder at the website http://www.blueribbonyearbookonline.com.