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Report: Oregon's Payton Pritchard has first-round promise in 2020 NBA Draft

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Despite the Oregon Ducks men's basketball team being among the best programs in the nation for years, it hasn't had many first-round selections in the NBA Draft. 

In fact, only one Duck has been taken in the first round (Troy Brown Jr. 2018) since Aaron Brooks was taken 26th overall by Houston during the 2007 NBA Draft. 

Well, looks like another Duck alum will join the club Wednesday during the 2020 NBA Draft. 

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Kevin O'Connor of The Ringer stated he's "heard from two different sources" Oregon guard Payton Pritchard has a promise near the end of the first round during Friday's Ringer NBA Show. (Clip here)

"...Oregon senior point guard Payton Pritchard who I've heard, this came as a surprise to me this past week, I've heard from two different sources that Pritchard has a promise in the late first round," said O'Connor. 

Kevin O'Connor currently has Pritchard mocked to be selected by the Toronto Raptors at 29th overall, perhaps as Fred Van Fleet insurance who is a pending free agent. 

Other likely contenders are Boston (26th and 30th), Milwaukee (24th), or the New York Knicks (27th). 

 

NBC Sports NW has Pritchard mocked to the Bucks to serve as a Malcom Brogdon replacement and to space the floor on offense, replacing Eric Bledsoe who has disappointed in the postseason for three seasons running. 

Pritchard finished his senior season averaging 20.8 points, 4.3 rebounds and 5.5 assists per game on 41.5% from three-point range on 6.8 three-point attempts per game. 

He won the Pac-12 Player of the Year, Bob Cousy Award, which recognizes the best point guard in the country, Lute Olsen National Player of the Year Award, and many other awards as a senior. 

Last season, he became the first player in Pac-12 history to record 1,900 points, 500 rebounds and 600 assists. Pritchard also capped off his career as the school record holder in assists (659), wins (105), games played (144) and games started (140). 

He joined Gary Payton, Damon Stoudamire and Jason Terry, as the only players in Pac-12 conference history to lead the league in both scoring and assists. He also joined that illustrious cast as consensus first-team All-Americans. 

One thing's for sure; whoever drafts Pritchard is getting a certified winner.