There's no place like home — even for newly minted NBA star Payton Pritchard.
Pritchard, a first-round draft pick by the Boston Celtics in 2020 who just completed his rookie season in the National Basketball Association, came home to West Linn this week to help with the annual West Linn boys basketball camp (renamed the Payton Pritchard Basketball Camp this year).
The camp, delayed by a day because of Monday's excessive heat, was held from Tuesday, June 29, through Friday, June 2, at West Linn High School.
Pritchard — along with West Linn High School boys basketball coach Eric Viuhkola, his staff and current and past varsity players — led two groups of 50 young basketball players through workouts, drills, competitions and games.
The camp was held in two sessions, segmented into incoming grades 7-9 and incoming grades 4-6.
During his high school career, Pritchard won four consecutive Class 6A state titles at West Linn and earned 2014 and 2015 Todd Pratt Player of the Year, Oregon 6A Player of the Year and 2015 Gatorade Oregon Player of the Year. He averaged 22 points and 5.8 assists per game as a junior (2014-15) and 23.6 points, 6.8 assists, and 3.1 steals as a senior (2015-16).
In college at the University of Oregon, Pritchard started as a freshman and helped Oregon make its first Final Four appearance since the first NCAA tournament in 1939. As a sophomore, Pritchard was the lone returning starter for the Ducks and averaged 14.5 points, 4.8 assists and 3.6 rebounds per game.
As a junior, Pritchard led Oregon to the Pac 12 tournament championship and the Sweet 16 of the NCAA tournament, averaging 12.9 points, 4.6 assists and 3.9 rebounds per game; he was also named MVP of the Pac-12 tournament.
As a senior, Pritchard averaged 20.5 points, 5.5 assists and 4.3 rebounds per game, and he was named the Pac-12 Player of the Year. He was also a consensus All-American selection and winner of the Bob Cousy Award as the nation's top point guard.
In his first year with the Celtics, Pritchard played in 66 games, averaging 7.7 points, 2.4 rebounds and 1.8 assists per game while shooting 44% from the field, 41.1% on 3-pointers and 88.9% from the foul line.
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