Breaking down Pritchard's game

Payton Pritchard is a big commitment for Oklahoma. Scout breaks down his game.

Payton Pritchard ended his recruitment on Wednesday, choosing Oklahoma.

What kind of player are the Sooners getting in the 6-foot-1, 175-pound 2016 point guard from West Linn (Ore.)?

Pritchard is a kid who just keeps getting better and over the spring and summer established himself as one of the top point guards nationally in 2016.

The junior has a terrific understanding of how to play point guard and even though he's not an elite athlete, he makes up for it with his feel for the game, effort and skill level.

His handle and passing are what made you like him at first, but he's also become a really capable shooter with a floater. His pull-up jumper is his best weapon and he can hit it from three and midrange.

Pritchard has wide shoulders with a stocky frame that will ultimately allow him to be a pretty strong kid.

Even if there’s always going to be concerns that his average athleticism will cap his ultimate upside, the quality that's most important in a point guard - basketball IQ - will make Pritchard a valuable commodity in this class.

While Pritchard tends to be shoot-first at times, he’s often in situations where his team needs him to score and that’s something that can easily be toned back, if necessary.

Pritchard is a member of the USA Basketball Developmental Team and seeing him in that setting multiple times, he's more than held his own against the best point guards in the country.

After being measured at 5-foot-10 in Oct. 2012 at USA Basketball, Pritchard checked in at 6-foot-1 a year later and now has a wingspan of 6-foot-2, giving him pretty good size to go along with one of the best basketball IQs for the position nationally.

Pritchard has a very high floor and has always been a player who would someone win at the next level. He’s considered to have an elite work ethic and plays the game the right way.

Pritchard will be a very good player for Oklahoma to build its 2016 class – and future teams – around.


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