Pritchard making strides
Not many players out west have improved their stock this spring as much as 6-foot-2, 180-pound West Linn (Ore.) 2016 point guard Payton Pritchard. A hard worker who has been on the national scene since his freshman year given his involvement in the USA Basketball Developmental Camp, Pritchard is a skilled point guard who can score for himself with his pull-up jumper and floater, but also has the ball skills and vision to successfully create for others. Pritchard projects as an ideal college point guard in many ways due to the fact that he may not have the athleticism to leave school early, yet has the talent and feel for the game to be a player his college coach counts on to run the team for multiple years in a row. Coming off a high school season in which his team won state, Pritchard is happy with how his game is coming along. "I did a good job scoring this year and getting my team involved," Pritchard said. "I did everything my team needed from me." Pritchard's newest offers come from UCLA, Iowa, Butler and Indiana, to go along with previous offers from Oregon, Oregon State, Wisconsin, Arizona State, Washington and Oklahoma. While Pritchard is wide open right now, he said that five schools are recruiting him the hardest. "Oregon, Indiana, Butler, Wisconsin and Oklahoma," he said. Two schools recently received unofficial visits from Pritchard in Indiana and Butler. "I loved it; it was really nice there," Pritchard said of Indiana. "They want me to be a scorer. They like my jump shot but also want me running the show." He added regarding Butler: "The coaches love me and they really want me there. I love the coaching staff." Schools recruiting Pritchard have a little bit more time before he makes his first cut. "I'll probably cut my schools before high school season and commit after high school ball," he said. "I'll commit next year." Location won't play a factor in Pritchard's decision, he said, but there will be several other factors. "I'm just trying to find the right fit," Pritchard says. "It will be where they see me playing as, how I can come in and play right away, academics and how big the school is."
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