CPP Top 100: #93 Payton Pritchard

Leading up the season we are doing a countdown of the Top 100 players in college basketball. These rankings are based on a poll made up of 14 CPP writers. These writers span from UCLA to Seton Hall so there is very little bias. Each day we will release the latest player on our ranking with a small write-up. Be sure to check out the rest of the Top 100 articles!

Payton Pritchard

Oregon

PG 6’2

Sophomore

2016-2017 Stats: 7.4 PPG, 3.4 RPG, 3.6 APG

Why They Are Here

Pritchard is a solid all around point guard that can really facilitate the flow of the game once he settles in. At times last year, Pritchard struggled to find his role but with the loss of Dillon Brooks and Tyler Dorsey, a leadership role on the Ducks’ squad has opened up for the sophomore point guard. For a freshman, Pritchard impressed many in the Pac-12 and seemed to play his best basketball down the stretch including the first rounds of the NCAA Tournament.

Role on This Year’s Team

Pritchard will look to fill the void that the aforementioned Tyler Dorsey and Dillon Brooks have left. As a quick point guard, Pritchard can really open up play with his passing. If Pritchard can better his percentage from beyond the arc, defenses will have a tough time guarding him. Pritchard is Oregon’s top returning player in every statistical category except for blocks. If Oregon has any aspirations of repeating their Final Four run, it will be Pritchard that will lead them there.

College Season/NBA Prospects

 

Pritchard has little to no draft stock at the moment but if he is able to continue to grow as a player as he did his freshman year, NBA teams could be eyeing him in future drafts. Pritchard would fit on an NBA team as a role player and most likely come off the bench during his career.

Photo via USA Today

Chase Swaringen

As a one year varsity basketball player at Attea Middle School, Swaringen averaged 1.8 points, 0.6 assists, and 1.3 rebounds per game. Swaringen was also given the 8th man award after a unanimous vote by his teammates.
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WGBK Radio Sports Director. IU Class of ’21. Glenview, Illinois. Follow me on Twitter @ChaseSwaringen