After enjoying a career season where he won Pac-12 Player of the Year, the Pac-12 Championship and the Lute Olson National Player of the Year award, Payton Pritchard is at the top of his game.
But, you can only get to his heights with a lot of dedication and hard work.
After the abrupt conclusion to his senior season, Pritchard has returned to his home in West Linn where he won four consecutive 6A OSAA State Championships and became one of, if not the greatest, Oregon high school basketball player of all time.
Now as he prepares to take the next step in his career to the NBA, he has continued to work in his hometown. He showed off his excellent dribbling skills in the figure eight drill on his Twitter.
Ball handling routine coming soon pic.twitter.com/d8NhlBKtwB— Payton Pritchard (@fastpp3) March 28, 2020
The video blew up amassing nearly 500,000 views as of the publishing of this article, prompting people to attempt the challenge themselves, including Oregon teammate Will Johnson and assistant coach Michael Mennegna got in on the action.
Yessirrrrr https://t.co/DeM7qbktMF— Payton Pritchard (@fastpp3) March 30, 2020
I love it coach 🙌 https://t.co/5c1ev9Ba29— Payton Pritchard (@fastpp3) March 30, 2020
The challenge spread beyond Oregon too.
Calling this the Payton Pritchard (@fastpp3) challenge. His handles are out of this world but I got a decent figure 8! I’m challenging @RobbieHummel @Coach_Dub__ and @CoachG_2 to knock it out as well!— Terrence Oglesby (@CoachTO22) March 29, 2020
5x each leg! pic.twitter.com/na4zI5GNYw
He also got a friendly challenger, his little sister Lexie Pritchard who plays for Santa Clara women's basketball.
Lexie inspired others to attempt it in their own right.
Killing it! Keep it up! 👏🏼 https://t.co/xenMGzJ9Uz— Lex (@LexiePritch3) March 30, 2020
Due to the demand, Pritchard released his full dribbling routine on his YouTube channel.
The all-time winningest player in program history finished his senior season as one of the nation's elite, averaging 20.8 points, 4.3 rebounds and 5.5 assists per game. The West Linn native is one of just four players nationally who led his conference in both scoring and assists and became the fourth player in conference history to do so, joining Gary Payton (Oregon State, 1989-90), Damon Stoudamire (Arizona, 1994-95) and Jason Terry (Arizona, 1998-99).
Next up for Pritchard is preparing for the NBA Draft currently scheduled for June 25, 2020 but is likely to be pushed back.