Payton
Pritchard
Position: PG
Height/Weight: 6-2 / 206 lbs
School/Club: Oregon
Status: Senior
Birthday: 01/28/1998

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About Payton Pritchard

Payton Pritchard carried the momentum he built at the end his junior year into his senior season emerging as a National Player of the Year candidate with his ability to score efficiently and create steadily from the point guard position.  Widely regarded as one of the top-50 prospects in the country following his senior year at West Linn High School (OR) in 2016, Pritchard started nearly every game of his freshman season under Head Coach Dana Altman at Oregon.  After earning a spot on the United States team that took silver at the 2017 FIBA U19 World Championship, Pritchard established himself as an All-Pac-12 caliber performer as a sophomore, but really broke out at the very end of his junior year. 

Averaging 20.5 points and 5.5 assists per game this year, the Oregon native was named a Consensus 1st Team All-American and Pac-12 Player of the Year as he established himself as one of the best players in the country.

  • Standing 6-foot-2 with a strong 206-pound frame that has come a long way from his prep days and a 6-foot-4.5 wingspan, Pritchard has decent size for a point guard to go along with good quickness that complements his polish as a ball handler and shooter.
     
  • Starting the season well but steadily heating up from the perimeter, Pritchard scored in bunches off the dribble and made several big shots for an Oregon team that finished in the AP Top-15.  Given the freedom to look for his own offense in transition, create out of ball screens, and get shots up out of a variety of designed actions, Pritchard looked for his own offense aggressively as a senior but got his teammates involved steadily as well. 
     
  • Displaying more competitiveness than a lot of players who carried a heavy offensive burden in big minutes, Pritchard is not overly long, but used his strength and quickness to more than hold his own defensively.

Defensive Analysis

  • Playing with good intensity defensively, Pritchard’s strong frame and motor helped him hold his own in most matchups.  He is not particularly long which makes it difficult for him to contest shots at times but is a willing defender who allowed 0.83 points per isolation possession [39th percentile]. 
     
  • Hunting rebounds to create opportunities to push the pace, Pritchard is more steady than he is aggressive on the perimeter.


Career Highlights

  • 2019-20 Bob Cousy Point Guard of the Year and Oregon’s first consensus All-American in 80 years.
  • 2019-20 Lute Olson Award recipient and finalist for Naismith, Oscar Robertson and Wooden awards.
  • Pac-12 Tournament MVP as a junior in 2018-19.
  • Only player in Pac-12 history with at least 1,900 points, 500 rebounds and 600 assists.
  • Holds Oregon career records for assists (659), wins (105), games (144) and starts (140).


Senior (2019-20)

  • Named Pac-12 Player of the Year.
  • Only power conference player to lead his conference in both scoring (20.5 ppg) and assists (5.6 apg).
  • Finished 19th nationally in three-point percentage (41.5) and 37th in threes per game (2.84).
  • Scored a career-high 38 points in a one-point OT victory at No. 24 Arizona (Feb. 23).


Strengths

  • Confident ball handler, passer and shot maker.
  • Creates space with hesitation dribbles and burst.
  • Has deep shooting range and a quick release.
  • Plays with poise and tenacity.


Personal

  • Father, Terry, played football at Oklahoma, while his mother, Melissa, competed for its gymnastics team.
  • Favorite basketball player of all time is Dwyane Wade.
  • Teamed with current NBA players Zach Collins and P.J. Washington to win the 2015 USA 3x3 U18 national title.


Quotable

"He’s a tough competitor, he’s a great shooter, he’s a gamer. When the game is on the line, he wants the ball in his hands. He’s shown he can do special things for himself and for the team, making great decisions. He’s definitely the head of the snake."

- Michigan coach Juwan Howard