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Sun Belt to Team USA: Payton's rapid rise

Updated: June 19, 2013, 2:05 PM ET
By Andy Katz

If Elfrid Payton ends up in the first round of the NBA draft at some point in the next two years, he can thank Louisiana-Lafayette coach Bob Marlin.

The number of advocates for Payton was zero before Marlin pushed. The junior-to-be was known in the Sun Belt, but was hardly noticed by Marlin's coaching peers, USA basketball or national media outlets.

None of that matters now. If Payton makes himself known in Prague during the FIBA U-19 World Championships, he won't have to worry about ...

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