Pritchard chooses OU

4-star 2016 PG - 37th best in the country - picks Sooners

One of the highest-rated men’s basketball recruits in the nation chose Oklahoma on Tuesday.

Payton Pritchard, a four-star point guard who is ranked as the 37th overall player in the country for the class of 2016, pulled a crimson hat out from beneath the podium and became the highest-rated commit in Oklahoma coach Lon Kruger’s tenure.

Pritchard visited Oklahoma, his parent’s alma mater, twice including his final visit just more than a week ago.

Pritchard is the eighth-rated point guard in the country and narrowed his choice down to five schools last week: Oklahoma, Oregon, Gonzaga, Villanova and Wisconsin.

Pritchard is the first four-star recruit to pick Oklahoma since Cameron Clark in 2010 and the highest-rated overall player to commit to OU since Tiny Gallon in 2009.

The 6-foot-2 point guard has led West Linn High School to back-to-back state championships and was named the 2014 Class 6A Player of the Year as a sophomore last season after averaging 18 points and 7.5 assists per game.

“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,” Pritchard said last week of committing even before the start his junior season. “I won’t have to worry about the recruiting. I just have to play basketball and focus on school.”

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