Buckle up for episode No. 103 of the Pull Up Pod with CJ McCollum!
This week, McCollum and ESPN NBA analyst Jordan Schultz give their sheltering in place updates while handing out book recommendations as we all continue to work together in flattening the curve of COVID-19.
Plus, since this weekend should’ve been the Final Four weekend of the NCAA tournament, Oregon Ducks standout guard Payton Pritchard joins the guys.
Pritchard is very well known around the Portland area after taking home four straight state basketball titles for West Linn High School before becoming an Oregon Duck.
The 6’2” Oregon senior discussed what went into his decision to stay close to home and become a Duck.
“I knew Oregon was going to be a good fit. I had the opportunity to come in right away, to have the chance to start, and play, and be with a good team. I knew with my family being close... I just knew it was the right place,” Pritchard told McCollum.
During Pritchard’s senior year in high school and early on his college days, he got the chance to workout with former Trail Blazer Allen Crabbe and AC’s trainer. From the sounds of it -- a lot of the training sessions were focused on improving Pritchard's shot and his ability to create off the dribble.
Allen and all those different players out there I’ve been around, I just try to take things from everybody. For me, any level, even now like high school, college, NBA, if I see something I like or that I like about their game, I will definitely try to add it to mine or different training things they do. So, being in the gym with guys like Allen, and like when I was growing up being around Steve Blake, and just seeing their attention to detail and what it took… I just learned from that and added it to what I needed to do. -- Oregon Duck point guard Payton Pritchard on the Pull Up Pod
Pritchard also gave an update on what a typical day for him looks like during quarantine.
“Right now I’m sleeping in a little bit… So around 10, I’ll probably go out in the garage and start my ball handling – do a bunch of different ball handling drills and jump rope, and quick feet stuff, and that’ll take about an hour and that’ll be my morning session… I’ll run hills about three or four o’clock, and then at night, I’ll do some different strength stuff, lifting and stuff like that.”
One thing’s for sure, the NBA draft hopeful is working on his game and his overall health right now.
He did admit to McCollum and Schultz that he loves cookies, though.
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