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Payton Pritchard selected as 2020 NBA Combine participant

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The best player in the Pac-12 conference last season will officially participate in the 2020 NBA Combine.

The Pac-12 Player of the Year, All-Pac-12 First Team member, Lute Olson Award Player of the Year and Bob Cousy Point Guard of the Year Payton Pritchard will get the chance to prove to NBA scouts that they want him on their team.

Pritchard is one of nine players from the Pac-12 conference to participate at the combine:

According to the NBA, here's how it will work this season:

NBA Draft Combine 2020 will give players the opportunity to participate in league and team interviews, both conducted via videoconference from Sept. 28 through Oct. 16.  Players will also take part in an individual on-court program consisting of strength and agility testing, anthropometric measurements, shooting drills and a “Pro Day” video, all conducted in October at the NBA team facility nearest to a player’s home or interim residence.  Medical testing and examinations will be performed by NBA-affiliated physicians in the same market. 

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The 2020 NBA Draft is scheduled to begin on Wednesday, November 18. The Minnesota Timberwolves have the first pick.

A few experts have Pritchard getting selected midway through the second round: No. 45 overall (2nd round) to the Orlando Magic (NBA Draft & Yahoo Sports)

 

Pritchard finished his historical four-year career at Oregon as the the first player in Pac-12 history to have 1,900 career points, 500 career rebounds and 600 career assists. ESPN has Prichard ranked the No. 37 best overall prospect and No. 13 point guard in this draft class.

Meanwhile, Sam Vecenie of The Athletic wrote even that Prithard is "going to get looks in the late first-round from teams" but will likely be selected in the second due to the point guard depth in the 2020 draft class. 

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