4-star PG Payton Pritchard commits to Oregon

Class of 2016 four-star point guard Payton Pritchard, out of Oregon’s West Linn High School, near Portland, has committed to take his talents to Eugene and play for the Ducks. ESPN’s Reggie Rankin and Scout.com’s Evan Daniels reported Pritchard’s decision.

A deadly shooter, Pritchard had originally committed to Oklahoma but reopened his recruitment in July. He had also drawn interest from a number of schools including Butler, Arizona State, Indiana, Wisconsin and UCLA, among many others.

Instead, Pritchard will join a 2016-17 Ducks team that will lose graduate transfer Dylan Ennis, but will have plenty of help at the point in the form of Kendall Small, Tyler Dorsey, Casey Benson and Ahmaad Rorie. Pritchard is thus unlikely to get a ton of playing time as a true freshman, but he can cross that bridge when he gets to it.

The fact of the matter is that Oregon is getting a player who averaged 16.9 points per game and made 49 percent of his threes in the Nike EYBL this summer, and posted 22.5 points, 5.9 rebounds and five assists per contest in the adidas Gauntlet. Needless to say, it’s looking like Oregon men’s basketball is going to continue to make a lot of noise in the Pac-12 for the foreseeable future.

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