Dec 22, 2020
Oregon native Payton Pritchard may not be the most athletic guy in basketball. Or the biggest. But something about the 6’2 guard has pushed his career into what every young player dreams of when they first hold a basketball. A roster spot in the NBA. Pritchard’s meteoric rise from West Linn High School to Oregon Duck to now-Boston Celtic has been astounding. But his beginnings are rooted in a family life that knew about athletic success and taught him what it takes to excel. That foundation has led to unprecedented winning at every level of basketball he has encountered. He is the only player to win four state basketball championships. He is the winningest player in the history of Oregon basketball. He’s played in Final Fours and hit numerous big shots that Oregon fans will never forget.
Behind the scenes, he perfected his craft when no one was looking. His workouts took on a myth-like quality in basketball circles throughout the state. But for Pritchard, there is a method to his madness.