Payton Pritchard is on another level this season.
The Portland-native from West Linn High School is averaging 20.1 points 5.5 assists and 4.4 rebounds in his senior season for the Ducks.
On Saturday against the Arizona Wildcats, Pritchard carried the Ducks in regulation dropping a new career-high 38 points in Tucson. He shot 12-for-27 from the field, 6-for-14 from 3-PT range, a perfect 8-for-8 from the FT line as well as dishing out six assists and grabbing four rebounds.
It was a miraculous performance.
But it begged the question: did this performance lock Pritchard in for the Pac-12 Player of the Year award?
Many on social media think so...
Incredible performance by Payton Pritchard tonight. Wow.— Pat Forde (@ByPatForde) February 23, 2020
Payton Pritchard having the "alright fine, I'll do it myself" type of game.— Alek Arend (@alekarend) February 23, 2020
Player. Of. The. Year.
Sean Miller says he regrets not having Dylan Smith defend Payton Pritchard early in the first half of Arizona’s OT loss to Oregon. pic.twitter.com/gdQAvH9KXi— The Wildcaster (@TheWildcaster) February 23, 2020
Payton Pritchard, with 38 of Oregon's 73 points in a vital road win, took a huge step toward securing Pac-12 POY— Jon Wilner (@wilnerhotline) February 23, 2020
Sean Miller just called Payton Pritchard the Pac-12 Player of the Year. He's right.— Jason Scheer (@JasonScheer) February 23, 2020
Another name in Pac-12 POY contention is Arizona State's Remy Martin, who is averaging 17.9 points, 4.1 assists and 3.6 rebounds this season for the first place Sun Devils.
The conference awards are released before the Pac-12 Tournament.