Elfrid Payton off to NBA draft

Louisiana-Lafayette junior point guard Elfrid Payton is heading to the NBA.

Multiple sources told ESPN that the 6-foot-3 floor leader, who could be taken late in the first round of the NBA draft, will make an official announcement on Monday afternoon.

Payton developed from a lightly recruited point guard out of Louisiana to one of the top floor leaders in the country. He averaged 19.2 points, six rebounds and 5.9 assists this past season and led the Ragin' Cajuns to the NCAA tournament.

Payton also started every game for the gold medal USA Under-19 World Championship team last summer that was coached by Florida's Billy Donovan.

Payton is considered a true point guard who can set up his teammates and also get to the basket and finish. His weakness is his ability to shoot the ball from deep, as he made just 26 percent of his 3-point attempts this past season.

Several NBA executives told ESPN.com that Payton is likely to be selected somewhere in the 25 to 40 range.