Add another chapter to the illustrious collegiate career of Payton Pritchard.
This time, the four-year starting point guard becomes the program’s all-time leader in assists.
Let’s paint the picture: The No. 11 Ducks are down on the road to the California Golden Bears. Pritchard is held to only two points in the first half, but you knew the Bears couldn’t contain the senior for long. He came out firing in the second half finishing with 21 points and dropping eight assists.
But it was one of those assists that was just a little more special than the others. It led to Pritchard breaking another record but it was how it happened that made it so special. On a fast break, Pritchard found his life-long friend, high school teammate at West Linn in Portland, Oregon, and now college teammate Anthony Mathis who drilled a three-pointer. A play the two have probably run countless times and at every level.
You love to see it.
That's something that I'm going to remember forever. But I couldn't have done it without a lot of great teammates hitting shots. -- Payton Pritchard told reporters after the game
Pritchard now has 617 assists and counting with still about half a season to play. He is averaging 19.8 points and 5.9 assists per game and is one of just three active D1 players averaging 9.0 points, 5.0 assists and 4.0 rebounds per game.
As an alumn of Oregon I just love watching Payton Prichard, great guy, having an amazing year, definitely can have major impact in the NBA.— Luke Jackson (@LukeJackson33) January 31, 2020