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Pritchard made his last season at Oregon special, then cleaned up almost all awards

PMG FILE PHOTO - West Linn High School graduate Payton Pritchard (shown here with the Oregon Ducks) won almost every award possible as a college senior, including the Bill Hayward Male Amateur Athlete of the Year by the Orgon Sports Awards on May 28.There's a numbing sameness to the world these days.

   No, not the daily grind online for work or unemployment benefits.

It's Payton Pritchard.

Pritchard, a West Linn High School graduate who just completed his senior season as a member of the Oregon Ducks men's basketball team, won yet another prestigious award.

Pritchard was named the Bill Hayward Male Amateur Athlete of the Year by the Oregon Sports Awards on May 28.

A consensus AP All-America selection at Oregon, Pritchard — a 6-foot-3 point guard — was named to 13 different All-America teams in 2020. Pritchard was a Naismith Trophy finalist (the first in Oregon history), the Lute Olson Award winner as the top Division I player, the first player in Oregon history to be named the Bob Cousy Point Guard of the Year, and the first in program history to be named an AP first-team All-American.

During his senior season at Oregon, Pritchard led the Pac-12 in points (20.5 points per game) and assists (5.5), and was the only major college player to average over 20 points, 4 rebounds and five assists per game.

As the Pac-12 Player of the Year, Pritchard led the Ducks to a 24-7 record as a senior, along with a Pac-12 regular-season title before the season was truncated prior to the NCAA Tournament due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

As a high schooler, Pritchard was a three-time Three Rivers League Player of the Year, three-time unanimous selection to the Class 6A all-tournament team, a three-time Oregon Player of the Year, Oregon Gatorade Player of the Year in 2015-16 and a McDonald's All-American nominee who also played in the Nike Hoop Summit.

His selection as a consensus first-team All-American at Oregon was the Ducks' first in 80 years.


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