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He was the second-most recognized guard at the University of Oregon this season, but Payton Pritchard is one of the most honored men's college basketball players in the nation.
Pritchard capped his four years in Eugene by leading the Ducks to the Pac-12 regular-season championship. Along the way, the West Linn native left an indelible mark on Oregon basketball.
The first Ducks player since 1940 to be a consensus All-America selection, Pritchard led the Pac-12 in scoring (20.5 points per game) and assists (5.6).
The Pac-12 player of the year, Pritchard was a first-team pick on All-America teams named by the Associated Press, the National Association of Basketball Coaches and the Sporting News. He was on the second team in the United States Basketball Writers Association voting.
He is the first consensus All-American for Oregon since John Dick in 1940.
His legacy at Oregon includes program career records for wins (105), assists (659), games played (144) and games started (140). His 1,938 points ranks fourth on the Ducks' all-time list and he is second in career 3-pointers made (288) and steals (211).
The first men's basketball player in conference men's history to amass at least 1,900 points, 600 assists and 500 rebounds over a career, Pritchard also is among the finalists for four national awards.
Beyond the statistics, Pritchard this season should be remembered for winning plays, among them deep two deep 3-pointers in an unlikely victory at Washington and a tying basket at home in what became an overtime win over Arizona.
Without those baskets, Oregon does not win its Pac-12 title.
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