Payton Pritchard

Payton Pritchard remains in dunking shape despite quarantine

Payton Pritchard remains in dunking shape despite quarantine

Payton Pritchard is known to have insane handles on the court. It was evident in a video that he posted back in March where he demonstrated just how lightning fast he can dribble.

On Tuesday, Pritchard posted another video and one that features a different part of his game that is particularly well known to everyone.

Wait a minute… a dunk with his off hand? This looks all too familiar…. (2019 Pac-12 Championship game vs. Washington in Las Vegas, Nevada).

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Pritchard, like the rest of the players who have entered the NBA draft, is navigating through uncharted waters during this pandemic trying to balance working out, working on his game, staying healthy and staying safe. 

The NBA announced on June 4 that the 2020 NBA Draft will held on October 15, 2020.

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The West Linn, Portland, Oregon-native rounded out a successful four-year campaign at Oregon with winning the Pac-12 Player of the Year, Bob Cousy Point Guard of the Year and Lute Olson Player of the Year awards. He is the first player in Pac-12 history to have 1,900 career points, 500 career rebounds and 600 career assists.

According to NBA Scouting Live, Pritchard is a projected late second round draft pick.

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Payton Pritchard delivers sandwiches to local hospital for #FeedTheFearless initiative

Payton Pritchard delivers sandwiches to local hospital for #FeedTheFearless initiative

This might be one of Payton Pritchard’s greatest assists.

On Friday, the West Linn, Oregon native and former Oregon Duck guard Payton Pritchard ordered and delivered 150 sandwiches to the staff at OHSU hospital in Portland, Oregon.

In Pritchard’s words: “Just trying to do my part” during this tough time for so many.

Pritchard’s act of service is just one of many who are stepping up during this time to #FeedTheFearless. The hashtag represents those who are taking on the COVID-19 pandemic on the front lines: doctors, nurses, medical staff, police departments, and so many more.

It is exactly the acts of kindness and service the world needs right now.

Russell Wilson and Ciara donated millions of meals to Feed America. CenturyLink Field, Autzen Stadium, Matthew Knight Arena were just some of the stadiums to #LightItBlue to show their support and honor for healthcare heroes. 

And now, Pritchard stepping up to help those in his community.

Oregon becomes first school to have both of the nation's top point guards

Oregon becomes first school to have both of the nation's top point guards

Despite their senior seasons being cut short due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Sabrina Ionescu and Payton Pritchard still made plenty of history.

That includes both of them winning the award given to the nation's best point guard: Pritchard winning the Bob Cousy Award and Ionescu winning her third-straight Nancy Lieberman Award. The honors have made the University of Oregon the first school in NCAA history to take home both awards and therefore becoming the first school ever to have the nation's best point guard in both men's and women's basketball.

Ionescu spoke to Pac-12 Network about what it means to her to see Pritchard get the national recognition he deserves.

That makes me so happy. Being able to come with him these last four years, I mean he's made me a better player just because everytime I go to workout at the gym whether it's 6:00 a.m. or 9:00 or 10:00 p.m. he's in there working out. We workout together. We bounce ideas off of eachother and I think we both make eachother better. He's one of the best point guards that I've seen and I've been blessed to spend these four years with him and learn from him and how hard he works. He's more deserving of this award than anyone that I know and so I'm so happy for him and for the school and to really, kind of share that award with him is awesome.

The kid out of West Linn averaged 20.5 points, 5.5 assists and 4.3 rebounds while leading the Ducks to a Pac-12 Championship and 24-7 overall record. While Ionescu averaged 17.5 points, 8.6. rebounds and 9.1 assists per game leading the Ducks to a Pac-12 Regular Season Championship, Pac-12 Tournament Championship, and the nation's second overall ranking.

This season, the all-time leader in triple-doubles became the first player ever to score 2,000 career points, 1,000 assists, and 1,000 rebounds, ending her career as the program leader in wins points (2,562) and assists (1,091).

While Pritchard became the first player in Pac-12 men's 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 conference history to lead the league in both scoring and assists. He also joins this illustrious cast as consensus first-team All-Americans.

Ionescu joins Sue Bird (2000-2002) as the second player in women’s NCAA history to win the Nancy Leiberman award on three occasions.  

Payton Pritchard receives Bob Cousy Point Guard of the Year award

Payton Pritchard receives Bob Cousy Point Guard of the Year award

Meet the nation’s top point guard.

That’s right. After being named unanimous All-American, Payton Pritchard has taken home the Bob Cousy Award, which recognizes the best point guard in the country.

Pritchard topped Duke’s Tre Jones, Kansas’ Devon Dotson, Marquette’s Markus Howard and San Diego State’s Malachi Flynn for the prestigious nod. 

The kid out of West Linn is coming off a senior season at Oregon where he averaged 20.5 points, 5.5 assists and 4.3 rebounds while leading the Ducks to a Pac-12 Championship and 24-7 overall record. 

This 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 conference history to lead the league in both scoring and assists. He also joins this illustrious cast as consensus first-team All-Americans. 

Pritchard’s shelves are packed full of hardware, too. The Oregon star took home National Player of the Week honors three times this season and was named Pac-12 Player of the Week on two occasions. 

Earlier this month, the Pac-12 Player of the Year landed a spot on the John Wooden All-American team. He also became the first Oregon men’s basketball player to earn first-team AP All-America honors this season.  

Payton Pritchard impressed by young boy's dribble challenge emulation

Payton Pritchard impressed by young boy's dribble challenge emulation

Even though his historic college career may be done, Payton Pritchard continues to make headlines, even from his garage in West Linn.

Last week, the all-time winningest player in Oregon basketball history went viral for his impressive dribbling skills.

After the video spread around the web, many other people started trying the 'Payton Pritchard' challenge' to show off their skills, including his teammate Will Johnson and little sister Lexie Pritchard.

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After the challenge grew in popularity, Pritchard released his full dribbling routine to help out people trying to improve their skills. After all, this drill set the foundation for the player he's today; a winner of four OSAA 6A State Championships, a Pac-12 Champion three of four years in college, a Final Four finalist, and reigning Pac-12 Player of the Year. 

Now after releasing his routine, we may have found the best one yet from seven-year-old Blake Swedberg. It was so good, even Pritchard himself gave the young baller some much-deserved recognition.

Pritchard finished his senior season as one of the nation's elite, averaging 20.8 points, 4.3 rebounds and 5.5 assists per game. The West Linn native is one of just four players nationally who led his conference in both scoring and assists and became the fourth player in conference history to do so, joining Gary Payton (Oregon State, 1989-90), Damon Stoudamire (Arizona, 1994-95) and Jason Terry (Arizona, 1998-99).

Next up for Pritchard is preparing for the NBA Draft currently scheduled for June 25, 2020 but is likely to be pushed back. 

Payton Pritchard doesn't win Naismith Trophy, but he's still worth celebrating

Payton Pritchard doesn't win Naismith Trophy, but he's still worth celebrating

Just two weeks ago, Payton Pritchard became the first Citizen Naismith Trophy finalist in Oregon men's basketball history. 

It's an achievement the kid out of West Linn should be extremely proud of. While he didn't take home the Naismith Men's National Player of the Year honors on Friday, there's a lot for Pritchard to celebrate. 

Pritchard has carved his name in Oregon history. Just this season, he joined Gary Payton (Oregon State, 1989-90), Damon Stoudamire (Arizona, 1994-95) and Jason Terry (Arizona, 1998-99) as the only players in conference history to lead the league in both scoring and assists.

He capped off his career at Oregon as the school record holder in assists (659), wins (105), games played (144), and games started (140). 

Pritchard re-wrote Pac-12 record books, too. He became the only player in conference history to record 1,900 career points, 600 career assists and 500 career rebounds. 

As 2020 Pac-12 Player of the Year, Pritchard was one of just three players nationally to average at least 20 points per game along with four rebounds and five assists.The Oregon guard was named the Ducks’ first consensus first-team All-American in 80 years after leading his team to an outright Pac-12 regular-season title, the Ducks' third in five years.

Pritchard has also inspired thousands of kids to put in work no matter what their circumstances are. His "Payton Pritchard challenge," took off on social media, prompting thousands to attempt the challenge themselves. 


Pritchard didn't take home the Naismith trophy, and that's OK, he still has an opportunity to add the esteemed Bob Cousy Point Guard of the Year Award to his collection. He is also one of five finalists for the prestigious nod, which will be announced next Tuesday. 

Oregon Ducks PG Payton Pritchard reminisces about working with former Trail Blazer Allen Crabbe

Oregon Ducks PG Payton Pritchard reminisces about working with former Trail Blazer Allen Crabbe

Buckle up for episode No. 103 of the Pull Up Pod with CJ McCollum!

This week, McCollum and ESPN NBA analyst Jordan Schultz give their sheltering in place updates while handing out book recommendations as we all continue to work together in flattening the curve of COVID-19.    

Plus, since this weekend should’ve been the Final Four weekend of the NCAA tournament, Oregon Ducks standout guard Payton Pritchard joins the guys.

Pritchard is very well known around the Portland area after taking home four straight state basketball titles for West Linn High School before becoming an Oregon Duck.

The 6’2” Oregon senior discussed what went into his decision to stay close to home and become a Duck.

“I knew Oregon was going to be a good fit. I had the opportunity to come in right away, to have the chance to start, and play, and be with a good team. I knew with my family being close... I just knew it was the right place,” Pritchard told McCollum.

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During Pritchard’s senior year in high school and early on his college days, he got the chance to workout with former Trail Blazer Allen Crabbe and AC’s trainer. From the sounds of it -- a lot of the training sessions were focused on improving Pritchard's shot and his ability to create off the dribble.  

Allen and all those different players out there I’ve been around, I just try to take things from everybody. For me, any level, even now like high school, college, NBA, if I see something I like or that I like about their game, I will definitely try to add it to mine or different training things they do. So, being in the gym with guys like Allen, and like when I was growing up being around Steve Blake, and just seeing their attention to detail and what it took… I just learned from that and added it to what I needed to do. -- Oregon Duck point guard Payton Pritchard on the Pull Up Pod

Pritchard also gave an update on what a typical day for him looks like during quarantine.

“Right now I’m sleeping in a little bit… So around 10, I’ll probably go out in the garage and start my ball handling – do a bunch of different ball handling drills and jump rope, and quick feet stuff, and that’ll take about an hour and that’ll be my morning session… I’ll run hills about three or four o’clock, and then at night, I’ll do some different strength stuff, lifting and stuff like that.” 

One thing’s for sure, the NBA draft hopeful is working on his game and his overall health right now.

He did admit to McCollum and Schultz that he loves cookies, though.

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Payton Pritchard compares himself to NBA talent T.J. McConnell, Steve Blake, Luke Ridnour

Payton Pritchard compares himself to NBA talent T.J. McConnell, Steve Blake, Luke Ridnour

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. 

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:

The 'Payton Pritchard Challenge' spreads through social media

The 'Payton Pritchard Challenge' spreads through social media

After enjoying a career season where he won Pac-12 Player of the Year, the Pac-12 Championship and the Lute Olson National Player of the Year award, Payton Pritchard is at the top of his game.

But, you can only get to his heights with a lot of dedication and hard work.

After the abrupt conclusion to his senior season, Pritchard has returned to his home in West Linn where he won four consecutive 6A OSAA State Championships and became one of, if not the greatest, Oregon high school basketball player of all time.

Now as he prepares to take the next step in his career to the NBA, he has continued to work in his hometown. He showed off his excellent dribbling skills in the figure eight drill on his Twitter.

The video blew up amassing nearly 500,000 views as of the publishing of this article, prompting people to attempt the challenge themselves, including Oregon teammate Will Johnson and assistant coach Michael Mennegna got in on the action.

The challenge spread beyond Oregon too.

He also got a friendly challenger, his little sister Lexie Pritchard who plays for Santa Clara women's basketball. 

Lexie inspired others to attempt it in their own right.

Due to the demand, Pritchard released his full dribbling routine on his YouTube channel.

The all-time winningest player in program history finished his senior season as one of the nation's elite, averaging 20.8 points, 4.3 rebounds and 5.5 assists per game. The West Linn native is one of just four players nationally who led his conference in both scoring and assists and became the fourth player in conference history to do so, joining Gary Payton (Oregon State, 1989-90), Damon Stoudamire (Arizona, 1994-95) and Jason Terry (Arizona, 1998-99).

Next up for Pritchard is preparing for the NBA Draft currently scheduled for June 25, 2020 but is likely to be pushed back. 

[RELATED]: Payton Pritchard would be a great fit with the Portland Trail Blazers

Payton Pritchard would be a great fit with the Portland Trail Blazers

Payton Pritchard would be a great fit with the Portland Trail Blazers

Payton Pritchard, the kid from West Linn, has a habit of winning. 

Early on in his youth basketball days, four state championship at West Linn High School in Portland, Oregon, the winningest player at the University of Oregon… Pritchard knows and love the game of basketball through and through.

The Pac-12 Player of the Year, first consensus All-American in 80 years at Oregon, Lute Olson Award winner is now turning his focus to the NBA, with the NCAA season cut short. 

The Oregon men’s basketball star joins the latest Talkin’ Blazers Podcast with NBA champion Channing Frye and Emmy Award winner Dan Sheldon.

As a Portland native, Pritchard grew up a Portland Trail Blazers fan. 

But the player he truly aspired to be was Miami Heat legend Dwyane Wade.

I always rooted for the Blazers but my team was actually the Miami Heat with D-Wade. I was always a D-Wade fan from the beginning even when like Shaw and all them were there, before LeBron came. — Payton Pritchard

Despite Pritchard’s love for Wade and the Heat, Frye explains that Pritchard could be a good fit for a number of NBA teams right now:

I could name three teams off the top of my head I think you'd be good at. I think you'd be great here in Portland. Right? Backup point guard. I think you would be really good in Phoenix. Obviously, depending on what happens in Miami, those kind of places. Like, Miami would be number 3. And then, depending on what happens in Dallas, I think Dallas would be great. -- Channing Frye

I would love to play for any of those four teams. — Payton Pritchard.

Frye goes on to say it’s all about “culture and stability.”

The Portland Trail Blazers currently hold the No. 14 and No. 44 pick in the upcoming 2020 NBA Draft. Pritchard is listed as a late second-round pick.

You can listen to the full Talkin’ Blazers Podcast with Pritchard below: