Payton Pritchard, rated a top-50 recruit in the Class of 2016 by Rivals, decided to remain in-state, committing to Dana Altman and the Ducks on Friday evening.
Reggie Rankin of ESPN.com first reported the news. Evan Daniels of Scout.com also reported the commitment.
The 6-foot-1 Pritchard had originally committed to Oklahoma. He reopened his recruitment in July.
Pritchard averaged 16.9 points, 5.2 rebounds and 3.2 assists per game, shooting 49 percent from three in the Nike EYBL with Seattle Rotary this summer. In the adidas Gauntlet with Team Fast Elite, he averaged 22.5 points, 5.9 rebounds and 5.0 assists per game.
One of the top shooters in the high school ranks will join a backcourt in 2016-17 that loses graduate transfer Dylan Ennis but will likely return Tyler Dorsey, Casey Benson, Ahmaad Rorie and Kendall Small
The No. 46 overall player in the Class of 2016 joins four-star small forward Keith Smith in Oregon’s 2016 class. Smith is ranked No. 73 overall in the Class.
Oklahoma lost a key member of its 2016 class on Monday as four-star point guard Payton Pritchard decommitted from the Sooners, a source confirmed to NBCSports.com.
The 6-foot-1 point guard is currently regarded as the No. 46 player in the Class of 2016 national rankings from Rivals and he comes with a considerable scoring arsenal for a lead guard. A native of Oregon, Pritchard represented USA Basketball in the 3×3 World Championships in Hungary this summer and he’s one of the best long-range shooters in the class.
Pritchard was active this spring, playing multiple sessions in both the adidas Gauntlet with Team Fast Elite and the Nike EYBL with Seattle Rotary. With Team Fast, Pritchard poured in 22.4 points a game to go along with 6.4 rebounds and 5 assists. As a member of Seattle Rotary, Pritchard averaged 16.9 points, 5.2 rebounds and 3.2 assists per game while shooting 48 percent from the field, 49 percent from 3-point range and 100 percent from the free-throw line.
The Sooners still own a commitment from three-star in-state wing Kristian Doolittle in the Class of 2016, but the loss of Pritchard could be a huge loss. His offensive approach and ability to create offense would have fit nicely in Lon Kruger’s offense. Oklahoma is still in the running for Pritchard’s services, but with the July live evaluation period tipping this week, it will be interesting to see which schools track Pritchard’s games.
The FIBA U18 3×3 World Championships don’t receive a ton of attention from the American basketball audience, but we’ve sent some talented players to Hungary to compete for gold this summer.
Representing the United States includes Oklahoma commit Payton Pritchard, Gonzaga commit Zach Collins, North Carolina commit Jalek Felton and Class of 2017 forward P.J. Washington. The team advanced to the quarterfinals with a win over Poland on Saturday as Pritchard had nine 3-pointers (considered 2-pointers with the one and two-point baskets in 3×3 ball) to lead them to victory.
The United States will play France in the quarterfinals.