West Linn, Portland, Oregon-native Payton Pritchard has lived and breathed basketball in the state of Oregon all his life.
The four-year OSAA State Champion led West Linn High School to four consecutive state titles and was ranked the top player from the state of Oregon in the class of 2016. He originally committed to the University of Oklahoma, but instead stayed home and went on to have a historical four-year career at the University of Oregon, just two hours south of his hometown.
For those of you who followed Pritchard in a Ducks uniform, you know the rest.
- Became the first player in Oregon history - and just the second in Pac-12 history - to be named the Bob Cousy Point Guard of the Year.
- The Lute Olson Award Player of the Year
- Pac-12 Player of the Year
- Associated Press First Team All-American
- The first player in Pac-12 history to have 1,900 career points, 500 career rebounds and 600 career assists.
And now, the No. 26 overall player selected in the 2020 NBA Draft by the Boston Celtics.
It was a career that a certain someone known very well in Rip City took notice of and greatly supports.
That someone is Portland Trail Blazers All-Star guard Damian Lillard.
After Pritchard was selected by the Celtics, Lillard showed his support for the kid from West Linn on social media:
Who knows if these two will have head-to-head battles in the future, but if that ever happens, the state of Oregon will love it.