Wisconsin Adds to Pritchard's Big Day

Wednesday was a big day for West Linn (OR) sophomore Payton Pritchard. After being named the state's player of the year in the morning, the three-star point guard received a Wisconsin scholarship in the evening.

Before flying out to North Texas to compete for the school's second national championship, Wisconsin's coaching staff decided to spend some down time fortifying its future. That decision made West Linn (OR) sophomore Payton Pritchard's day even better.

After earning state player of the year honors earlier in the day, the 6-1, 175-pound point guard picked up his second offer from the University of Wisconsin.

"I was so excited for him today because he really likes Wisconsin," Payton's father, Terry, told BadgerNation. "For him to get an offer right there from Wisconsin is huge. We think a lot of their staff. We're very, very grateful. It's unbelievable."

Being recruited by assistant coach Gary Close, the Pritchards visited Wisconsin for the first time in late January for the Michigan game, spending the weekend learning about the program, campus and facilities. Since then, Close has made multiple trips out to Oregon to watch Pritchard play.

"For them to make that trip out here and do that during the season meant a lot to us," said Terry. "It meant a lot to Peyton as well."

Averaging 18 points and 7.5 assists in leading his team to a second straight state title, Pritchard – rated an early three-star recruit and the No.19 point guard in the 2016 class - did just that last season, as he shot roughly 50 percent from the floor, 40 percent from 3-point range and 80 percent from the free throw line.

Oregon State is the only other offer Pritchard currently holds, but his father says many schools have continued to recruit him and been in contact since learning about him at the USA basketball camp, where he has participated the past two fall seasons.

He plans to play AAU basketball on the adidas circuit before rejoining the USA basketball team in July.

"Over this last six months, his development has really taken off," said Terry. "He's gotten so much stronger and faster. I think he's helped put his team in possession to win back-to-back state titles and I think that him showing interest in Wisconsin helped move things along."

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