Payne picks Michigan State over Arizona and othersby Anthony Gimino on Oct. 29, 2009, under Sports
Adreian Payne, a five-star recruit from Dayton, Ohio, won’t be coming to Arizona. That’s been the word for at least the past couple of days, but the 6-10 center made it official Thursday when he picked Michigan State.
Payne, who made his announcement on ESPNU, also had been considering West Virginia, Kentucky and Arizona.
That still leaves UA coach Sean Miller with one open scholarship for the 2010 recruiting class after forward Rod Odom de-committed in favor of Vanderbilt. Arizona has one committed player for the 2010-11 season, that being shooting guard Daniel Bejarano of Phoenix. He can sign as early as Nov. 11, the beginning of the fall signing period, which runs through Nov. 18.
The Wildcats are hotly pursing point guard Ray McCallum Jr. of Detroit. He is taking an official visit to Tucson this weekend and will be in attendance for the Red-Blue scrimmage, which begins 1 p.m. on Sunday. McCallum is the son of Detroit Mercy coach Ray McCallum.
McCallum, who is considering playing for his father, also has taken trips to Oklahoma and UCLA, and has one scheduled for Florida.