An in-state prodigy. A West Linn High School alumnus. A soon-to-be four year Oregon basketball starter.
Senior Payton Pritchard is back and his stock is rising higher and faster than ever.
Remember this breakaway dunk vs. the Washington Huskies in the Pac-12 tournament championship game last season?
Apparently Payton Pritchard can dunk. With his off hand, no less! pic.twitter.com/EJ9EScqMH7— CJ Fogler (@cjzero) March 17, 2019
Pritchard has been on a different level since then. Stifling defense paired with good decision-making. The 6-foot-2 guard is the glue that head coach Dana Altman has relied heavily upon in the past three seasons with major roster turnover. From a leadership standpoint, Pritchard has helped the younger players get acclimated to the playbook and collegiate basketball, plus he is the guard that sets the pace both on and off the court.
The 2019 Nike Basketball Academy took place last weekend which featured 60 future NBA prospects, Pritchard included.
According to Jonathan Givony, an ESPN Draft Analyst and Reporter, Pritchard “had an extremely impressive weekend” and was named one of the more interesting collegiate prospect performances among others.
6-2 + 21-year-old #Oregon PG prospect Pritchard had an extremely impressive weekend at the 2019 @nikebasketball Academy that seemed to cause some scouts to rethink their stance on his #NBA prospects— DraftExpressContent (@DXContent) August 14, 2019
Full @DraftExpress report from the event here >> https://t.co/tMktQl4TEB pic.twitter.com/LTs9r5NW2a
The moment the 2015 Gatorade Oregon Player of the Year stepped onto UO’s campus, he's made an impact. Pritchard earned the starting spot during his freshman season from then junior guard Casey Benson. That season, the Ducks made it to the Final Four but lost to North Carolina 77-76.
Last season, Pritchard averaged 12.9 points per game, 68 total steals and shot 83.6 percent from the free throw line.
Some notables on Pritchard:
- Ranks 2nd in UO career steals with 164. Trails only UO career leader Kenya Wilkins (213/1993-97).
- Ranks 4th in UO career assists with 487. Next up is Luke Ridnour (500/2000-03).
- Became the 37th 1,000-point scorer in UO history at Arizona on Jan. 17.
- Led the nation in total minutes played (1,349), starting all 38 games on 2018-19