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Memphis alive with excitement on NBA draft day

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Memphis was alive with excitement on NBA draft night.

A family member held the official Cameron Payne Draft watch party at their home.

The former Lausanne star was in New York for the draft, projected as a lottery pick. He was the 14th pick.

Payne was a relatively unknown player when he left Lausanne after his State Championship Run with the Lynx in 2013. He received a scholarship to play at Murray State University in Kentucky. 

The 6-foot-two, left-handed point guard made the most of his time on the college court, winning Ohio Valley Conference Freshman Athlete of the Year. 

Payne went on to win OVC Male Athlete of the Year for the 2014-2015 season. He averaged 20 points and 6 assists a game while helping the Racers win 25 straight games and leading them to the National Invitation Tournament Quarterfinals.

Now he is ready to take the big stage, chosen by Oklahoma City as the 14th pick in Thursday's draft.

While Payne and his family waited,  draft day was already underway for Memphis. 

The Grizzlies wanted outside shooting, and acquiring forward Matt Barnes means they might get it. 

The Grizzlies acquired Barnes from the Charlotte Hornets in exchange for guard Luke Ridnour, whom the Grizzlies got Wednesday from the Orlando Magic.

Barnes is a familiar name for many in Memphis. He was drafted by the Grizzlies in the second round back in 2002, but then was traded to Cleveland on draft night. 

The 35-year-old forward spent the last three of his twelve years in the league with the Los Angeles Clippers. He averaged 10 points, 4 rebounds, and 1.5 assists in 76 games last season.

The Hornets got Barnes earlier this off-season from the Clippers who, according to ESPN's Marc Stein, had been trying to deal with him for the last two years because of his penchant for getting fined. 

As far as the draft goes, Grizzlies have just one pick this year, at number 25. 

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