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.