Basketball life for Payton Pritchard has changed environmentally from the gym to his garage and the hills of West Linn, Oregon.
The Oregon men’s basketball star, Pac-12 Player of the Year, Lute Olson National Player of the Year Award winner and first Oregon first-team consensus All-American in 80 years is on the verge of hearing his name called in the upcoming 2020 NBA Draft.
And while Pritchard, along with the rest of the state of Oregon, is told to remain at home, Pritchard is making the most of it: recording ball-handling skill videos from his garage and running the hills of West Linn, Oregon. For those of you who live in that area, it’s no easy feat.
Ball handling routine coming soon pic.twitter.com/d8NhlBKtwB— Payton Pritchard (@fastpp3) March 28, 2020
Pritchard tested the NBA waters following his junior season, but was told by NBA scouts that he needed to be “March Pritchard” for an entire season. Consistency was key and that’s exactly what head coach Dana Altman and the team got from Pritchard in his final season in Eugene.
The Oregon men’s basketball star joined the latest Talkin’ Blazers Podcast with NBA champion Channing Frye and Emmy Award winner Dan Sheldon to chat about what feedback he has received from the NBA following this historical season and what advice Frye could pass along.
Guys like T.J. McConnell, Steve Blake, Luke Ridnour, that just ran the show, weren’t problems and ran the right plays. I think that’s going to be my biggest role coming into the league and hopefully I can expand on that. — Payton Pritchard
Channing offers up two pieces of advice to Pritchard as he begins this journey at the next level:
1. Always have somebody you can trust to tell you the real answer.
2. Don’t ever take a day off, or a play off.
You can listen to the full Talkin’ Blazers Podcast with Pritchard below: