Oregon Celebrates Pritchard Going to Boston in First Round

EUGENE – The buzz in sports world today was all about the Pac-12’s strong showing in the NBA Draft, but fans across Oregon were celebrating a First Round surprise.

Payton Pritchard became the sixth Duck in the last four years selected in the NBA Draft. Pritchard’s selection on Wednesday also made Oregon the only college in the country with first round picks in the 2020 NBA, NFL and WNBA drafts.

Pritchard, the 2020 Bob Cousy National Point Guard of the Year, was chosen by the Boston Celtics with the 26th overall pick. It is the fourth consecutive year that Oregon has had at least one player drafted and is the second time in the last three drafts that the Ducks have produced a first rounder.

In a banner year for the University of Oregon athletic department that saw the Ducks become the first program in Pac-12 history to win conference titles in football, men’s basketball and women’s basketball in the same academic year, Oregon also became the only school nationally to produce first round picks in the 2020 NBA, NFL and WNBA drafts.

Joining Pritchard as 2020 first rounders are Justin Herbert (Los Angeles Chargers) in the NFL Draft and Sabrina Ionescu (New York Liberty), Satou Sabally (Dallas Wings) and Ruthy Hebard (Chicago Sky) in the WNBA Draft.

Pritchard becomes the first UO player drafted by the Celtics since Jim Barnett was selected by Boston as the No. 8 overall pick in the 1966 NBA Draft. Pritchard will become just the third Duck to play for the Celtics, joining Barnett and Jim Loscutoff, who was a member of six World Championship teams with Boston from 1956-64. Both men are in the UO Athletic Hall of Fame.

Celtic general manager Danny Ainge was born and raised in Eugene and was a multi-sport star at North Eugene High School.

The Ducks are now one of just eight programs nationally that has produced six or more NBA Draft picks over the last four seasons. Oregon is joined in that elite echelon of college programs by Duke (14), Kentucky (13), Florida State (7), Villanova (7), Arizona (6), North Carolina (6) and UCLA (6).

Pritchard is the eighth NBA Draft pick during coach Dana Altman’s tenure at Oregon and the 53rd all-time pick in UO history.

The 2020 Draft marked the first time Ducks have been selected in four consecutive years since 2001-04 when Bryan Bracey was picked by San Antonio (2001), Frederick Jones went to Indiana (2002), Luke Ridnour went to Seattle (2003) and Luke Jackson was chosen by Cleveland (2004).

In addition to Pritchard, Oregon’s six draft picks in the last four years include Jordan Bell (Chicago), Tyler Dorsey (Atlanta) and Dillon Brooks (Houston) in 2017, Troy Brown Jr. (Washington) in 2018 and Bol Bol (Miami) in 2019. Brown was the No. 15 overall selection in the first round by the Wizards.



  • The first player in Pac-12 history to have 1,900 career points, 500 career rebounds and 600 career assists.
  • Oregon’s career assists record with 659, which ranks ninth in Pac-12 history.
  • Also UO’s career leader in wins (105) games (144) and starts (140).
  • Ranks 2nd in UO career steals with 211.
  • Ranks 4th in UO career scoring with 1,938 points (23rd in Pac-12 history).
  • Ranks 2nd in UO career three-pointers with 288 (9th in Pac-12 history).
  • Played in 144 consecutive games, starting 140 straight, and scored at least one point in every one of those games.

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2019-20 (Senior Season)

-Bob Cousy Point Guard of the Year

-Lute Olson Award Player of the Year

-Pac-12 Player of the Year

-All-Pac-12 First Team

-Bob Cousy Point Guard of the Year Award Finalist (5 players)

-Naismith Trophy Finalist (5 players)

-Oscar Robertson Trophy Finalists (12 players)

-Wooden Award National Ballot (15 players)

-Oscar Robertson Trophy Midseason List (12 players)

-First Team All-America (Associated Press, NABC, Sporting News, The Athletic, ESPN, CBS Sports, NBC Sports, Basketball Times, Bleacher Report, NCAA March Madness, Stadium, John R. Wooden Award, USA Today)

-Second Team All-America (USBWA)

-USBWA District IX Player of the Year

-USBWA All-District IX Team


2018-19 (Junior Season)

-Pac-12 Tournament Most Outstanding Player

-Pac-12 All-Tournament Team


2017-18 (Sophomore Season)

-All-Pac-12 Second Team



  • One of three players nationally who averaged at least 20 points, four rebounds and five assists per game.
  • One of four players in the nation who led his league in scoring and assists.
  • Is just the fourth player in Pac-12 history to lead the league in scoring and assists, joining All-Americans Gary Payton (Oregon State, 1989-90), Damon Stoudamire (Arizona, 1994-95) and Jason Terry (Arizona, 1998-99).
  • Scored 20 points against 10 different Pac-12 opponents in 2019-20.
  • Reached double figures in scoring in the last five minutes of regulation and overtime five times this year.
  • Dating back to last year, scored in double figures in 36 of his last 37 games.
  • Senior Night performance to remember with 29 points, six rebounds and five assists March 7 versus Stanford.
  • Scored a career-high 38 points, including six three-pointers, in Oregon’s Feb. 22 win at No. 24 Arizona.
  • Recorded fourth career double-double with 15 points and a career-high 11 rebounds Feb. 13 versus Colorado.
  • Hit the game-winning three with three seconds remaining, finishing with 22 points and 6-of-12 shooting from deep in an overtime win at Washington.
  • Named the NCAA March Madness Player of the Week after averaging 23.5 points and six assists in a weekend sweep of the Arizona schools.
  • Scored 29 points on 9-of-16 shooting, including six threes on nine attempts vs. Arizona State on Jan. 11.
  • Hit game-tying FG at the end of regulation vs. Arizona (Jan. 11), finishing with 18 points, seven rebounds and six assists.
  • Scored 29 points on 6-of-8 shooting, going 15-for-17 from the line against Texas Southern.
  • Named Pac-12 Player of the Week for the first time in his career, and Oscar Robertson Trophy National Player of the Week after scoring 15 of the team’s final 17 points, finishing with 23 points in an overtime win at No. 5 Michigan.
  • Turned in first double-double of the year with 20 points and 11 assists against Hawaii.
  • Named to the Battle 4 Atlantis All-Tournament Team after averaging 17.3 points and 5.3 assists per game.


All-time Oregon NBA First Round Draft Picks (13)

1995 No. 4 Jim Loscutoff, Boston

1966 No. 8 Jim Barnett, Boston

1971 No. 9 Stan Love, Baltimore

1976 No. 10 Ron Lee, Phoenix

1977 No. 4 Greg Ballard, Washington

1985 No. 15 Blair Rasmussen, Denver

1991 No. 11 Terrell Brandon, Cleveland

2002 No. 14 Fred Jones, Indiana

2003 No. 14 Luke Ridnour, Seattle

2004 No. 10 Luke Jackson, Cleveland

2007 No. 26 Aaron Brooks, Houston

2018 No. 15 Troy Brown Jr., Washington

2020 No. 26 Payton Pritchard, Boston