West Linn point guard Payton Pritchard has committed to the Oregon Ducks.
Pritchard, a member of the 2016 class, is considered a top 50 recruit by both Rivals and ESPN. Â The senior guard has helped his school win three straight 6A state championships and has won 6A state player of the year the last two seasons. Â He averagedÂ 22.1 points, 5.8 assists, 3.8 rebounds and 2.4 steals per game as a junior.
He de-committed from Oklahoma this summer and was courted by school’s likeÂ Arizona State, Butler, Cal, Gonzaga, Indiana, Kansas, Oklahoma, Villanova, Washington, Wisconsin and more.
He had this to say about staying in state and signing with the Ducks.
“Definitely, it’s nice. It’s great. I have a comfortable relationship with Coach (Dana) Altman,” he said. “I get to play for my state and stay close to home, so it’s nice. I get to play for my home city. I get to rep Oregon.”
Pritchard is known for a super-humanÂ work ethic that often leads to three-to-four workouts per day, heÂ worked on his jumper and has developed into one of the most dangerousÂ three-point shooters in the country after having been only a slightly above average shooter early in his high school career.
He joins a 2016 recruiting class that also includes four-star small forward Keith Smart, who is considered to be the top player in Washington.