Murray State guard Cameron Payne has been one of the fastest risers on draft boards around the league in recent weeks, with the conventional wisdom being that he’s a likely lottery pick who could possibly wind up in the top 10 of Thursday’s draft. Unfortunately, Payne suffered a setback on Monday during a workout in Denver, according to Jonathan Givony of Draft Express. Payne fractured the ring finger on his left (non-shooting) hand, and his agent tells Givony that the injury isn’t serious:
After seeing a hand specialist in New York, it was determined that Payne suffered a clean fracture which will not require surgery, and will sit out the next three weeks as a precautionary measure. His hand is currently in a splint, not a cast. “Cam continued to work out even after suffering the injury in Denver, and he could probably play in a meaningful game tomorrow if he needed to,” his agent Travis King told us, adding that the precise timetable for his return will be set after an additional visit with a specialist next week.
It sounds like this injury isn’t as bad as it could have been, and shouldn’t affect his draft stock that much if at all.