Former UL men's basketball player Elfrid Payton will be the lone new addition to the UL Athletics Hall of Fame in an announcement Monday by the board of directors of the Ragin' Cajuns Letterman Club.
Payton, a three-year letter winner with the Ragin' Cajuns from 2012-14, is the 30th member from the basketball program to enter the Hall. Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, Payton will be formally inducted in a private ceremony Friday when the original homecoming weekend was originally scheduled.
Payton is the first men's basketball player honored since Dion Brown in 2017. The Gretna native was the 10th overall selection in the 2014 NBA draft. During his six-year NBA career, Payton has played for the Knicks, Magic, Suns and Pelicans.
During his NBA career, Payton has averaged 11 points, 4.4 rebounds and 6.6 assists per game. He was named to the 2015 NBA All-Rookie team and finishing fourth in the Rookie of the Year balloting that season.
While at UL, Payton averaged 14.3 points per game, finished as the program's all-time leader with 197 steals and fifth in school history with 486 assists.
As a junior, Payton averaged 19.2 points, 6.0 rebounds, 5.9 assists and 2.3 steals per game and helped UL to a 23-12 record and its first berth to the NCAA tournament since 2005.
He was one of 10 Division I players during the 2013-14 season to record a triple-double when he scored 34 points, with 11 rebounds and 11 assists at UL-Monroe. Payton scored 31 points in games against Houston and Western Kentucky and 32 against Oakland while posting six double-doubles, including games at Louisiana Tech and then-defending national champion Louisville.