OU in hunt for 2016 PG Pritchard

Payton Pritchard will choose between five schools Tuesday

All of the facts set up for 2016 point guard Payton Pritchard to commit to Oklahoma.

His parents were both Sooners.

His sister still lives in Oklahoma City.

His trip to Norman was the last visit he took to any of his final five schools.

Still just days before his scheduled announcement at 9:55 a.m. Tuesday, Pritchard still didn’t know which school he’d choose.

“I’m still going to sit down with my parents to talk,” Pritchard said last Wednesday.

Pritchard, a four-star point guard rated as the eighth-best at his position, will decide between Oklahoma, Villanova, Oregon, Gonzaga and Wisconsin.

Pritchard, an Oregon-native, is rated at the 37th overall player in the class of 2016. Should he chose Oklahoma, he would be the highest-rated player signed by Oklahoma coach Lon Kruger during his four-year tenure at Oklahoma.

“I’ve got the five colleges that I like,” Pritchard said. “I’ll make the decision on that date to get it over with and just focus on the season.”

Pritchard has visited Oklahoma twice on unofficial trips. He has also visited Wisconsin, Villanova and Oregon multiple times. On his most recent visit he took in the basketball exhibition against Washburn and the football game against Baylor.

He jokingly agreed that the basketball exhibition was the better of the two.

“The campus was really beautiful,” Pritchard said. “It’s really a great place just to go to school.”

Pritchard averaged 18 points and 7.5 assists last season and will try to lead West Linn High School to its third straight state championship this year. He has said that he has developed a strong connection with all of the teams in his top five, including Kruger.

“He was really nice,” Pritchard said. “He seems like a good guy. … I’ve just built a relationship with him.”

Pritchard’s decision date will come almost a year before he can officially sign with whichever school he chooses. He said he just wants to get it out of the way, even if he hadn’t made up his mind before this past weekend.

“I’ll just get it over with and picking the college I’m going to out of the way and focus on getting better, focus on the season this year,” he said. “I won’t have to worry about the recruiting. I just have to play basketball and focus on school.”


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