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Apr 16, 2014 1:40 AM by Tom Martin

Report: Elfrid Payton Leaving UL, Will Enter NBA Draft

LAFAYETTE -- The UL Ragin' Cajuns may have seen the last of star point guard Elfrid Payton in vermilion and white.

According to CSN Northwest reporter Chris Haynes, Payton will forego his senior season at UL and enter the NBA Draft. The report cites multiple sources saying Payton has decided to turn pro and will sign with agent Ty Sullivan of CAA (Creative Artist Agency).

Payton, 20, has until the NBA's April 27 deadline to either declare for the June 26 draft or return for his senior season. Once any college player signs with an agent, he is no longer eligible to return to school.

NBA Draft website DraftExpress.com projects Payton as the 26th overall pick in the first round, while NBADraft.net has projected Payton as the 22nd overall pick. ESPN.com's Chad Ford does not project Payton as a first round pick, placing him No. 36 on the list of top NBA prospects.

This past season, Payton was named Sun Belt Defensive Player of the Year and the Lefty Driesell Award winner, given to the nation's top defender. He averaged 19.2 points, six rebounds and six assists per game, leading the Cajuns to a Sun Belt Tournament championship and subsequently to the NCAA Tournament.

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