Hawks select Payne in first round

The Hawks selected power forward Adreian Payne with the 15th overall selection in the NBA Draft Thursday night.

The selection gives the Hawks another stretch-four, a coveted player in the offensive system.

Payne (6-foot-10, 245 pounds) played four seasons at Michigan State. He averaged 16.4 points and 7.3 rebounds as a senior while unknowingly playing with mononucleosis. He shot 44 of 104 (.423) from 3-point range.