Las Vegas: Pritchard biding his time

LAS VEGAS — No rush, no impulse. That’s the mantra Payton Pritchard has adopted going forward with his recruitment. The Portland, Ore., native and one-time Oklahoma pledge backed off that commitment this summer and is busy competing for Team Fast as well as collecting scholarship offers.

Payton Pritchard is in methodical mode. The talented point guard — ranked No. 52 in the rising senior class — committed to Oklahoma last fall and remained in the Sooners fold until this summer. Since then, he has taken on elite competition at events such as the NBPA Top 100 Camp in June and the Adidas championships this week in Vegas.

Pritchard didn’t shoot well on Friday and Team Fast ended up in the consolation bracket, but he rebounded majorly on Saturday and rediscovered his shooting touch. He’s one of the easier evaluations in the class: strong, tough, shot-making, scoring point guard. He sometimes forces the issue, but coaches always would prefer to dial down a player’s aggression than ramp it up.

He’s happy with his team’s progress this travel season and certainly understands that he’ll face a big decision in the coming months.

”(Friday), we struggled a lot … but besides that I feel like we’ve been playing really well,” Pritchard said. “It’s been good, you know, recruiting’s definitely picked up.”

August is when Pritchard intends to narrow his list and schedule official visits. He holds interest from schools such as Kansas, Baylor, Louisville, Cal, Arizona State, DePaul, Wisconsin, Michigan, Oregon and Villanova, and in fact Dana Altman attended the game I watched on Saturday along with assistants from Oklahoma and Michigan, among others.

Pritchard added that he’s unsure if he’ll sign in the fall, but irrespective of timing, he’ll continue to enjoy multiple high-major options.

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