Payton Pritchard

Payton PritchardAfter a brief fling with the Sooners, Oregon has managed to keep arguably the state’s top high school talent at home.

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.  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.  He averaged 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 like 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-human work ethic that often leads to three-to-four workouts per day, he worked on his jumper and has developed into one of the most dangerous 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.

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