BILLINGS — Payton Turner, the son of former Montana State standout basketball player Alaina Bauer, was selected by the New Orleans Saints in the first round of the NFL draft on Thursday.
The Saints drafted Turner, a defensive end from the University of Houston, with the 28th overall pick. He is the nephew of MSU hall of famer Cass Bauer, and his first cousin is former Bobcats jumper and Billings Central graduate Maggie Powell, according to MSU director of athletic communications Tom Shulz.
Cass, who played for the Cats from 1990 to 1994, is seventh in program history in career points scored (1,419), eighth in rebounds (738), tied for first in free throws made (477), second in free throws attempted (593) and fourth in free throw percentage (80.4%). She is Hysham's Montana Great.
Alaina, who attended MSU from 1986 to 1991, is 15th in rebounds (630), ninth in field goal percentage (48.9%) and fourth in blocked shots (110) all-time among MSU women's basketball players.
Payton Turner is listed at 6-foot-6 and 270 pounds. He finished his four-year Houston career with 115 total tackles, 25 tackles for loss and 10 sacks, including five sacks in five games this past fall.