Payton Pritchard is the best men’s basketball player in America. OK, at least this week.
The Oregon Ducks star guard was named Naismith Men’s Player of the Week after averaging 20 points, 5.5 rebounds, three assists and two steals as Oregon went 2-0 for the week.
Payton Pritchard (@fastpp3) of @OregonMBB takes the title as this week’s @CitizenWatchUS Naismith Men’s POW. 💪— The Naismith Trophy (@NaismithTrophy) February 18, 2020
Pritchard and the Ducks were 2-0 on the week including against No. 16 Colorado. Pritchard averaged 20 pts, 5.5 reb, 3 ast, and 2 stl. 👀#GoDucks | #Naismith2020 pic.twitter.com/xKFPIVIzsl
This is his third National Player of the Week nod this season.
Pritchard helped lead the Ducks to back-to-back wins after consecutive losses to Stanford and Oregon State. Pritchard added a second double-double and another thrilling victory to his resume as the Ducks mounted a second half comeback from 14 points down to top then No. 16 Colorado, 68-60. The victory over the Buffaloes was also his 100th career win in a Ducks uniform.
Pritchard had the hot hand again on Sunday, finishing 8-of-13 from the field and 5-of-9 from behind the arc for 25 points to help his No. 17 Ducks crush Utah, 80-62.
“These two games were must-wins for us, obviously, to keep in the hunt for a conference championship,” Pritchard said after Sunday’s win. “We needed to get these and bounce back.”
The win over Utah was also a monumental moment for Pritchard’s career at Oregon. His 25 points gave him 1,810 total points, fifth in school history. He is the only Pac-12 player to have 1800 points, 500 rebounds and 600 assists.
Oregon remains (20-6, 9-4 Pac-12) a perfect 14-0 at Matthew Knight Arena and is tied with Colorado for top of the Pac-12 standings with five games left in the regular season. The Ducks moved up to No. 14 in this week's AP poll.