Pritchard Named USBWA District IX Player of the Year


INDIANAPOLIS – A day after being named Pac-12 Player of the Year, Payton Pritchard was named the U.S. Basketball Writers Association District IX Player of the Year on Tuesday.

He is just the second USBWA Player of the Year from Oregon following former teammate Dillon Brooks (2016). Pritchard was also named to the 2020 all-District IX team. District IX includes colleges from the states of Alaska, Arizona, California, Hawaii, Oregon and Washington.

According to Bleacher Report, which selected the West Linn, Ore., native as a first team All-American on Monday, Pritchard is on pace to become just the third major-conference player in the past 25 years to average 20 points, five assists and four rebounds per game while shooting 40 percent from three-point range. The others were Wooden Award winner Frank Mason of Kansas and No. 1 draft pick Markelle Fultz of Washington.

He is attempting to join Gary Payton (Oregon State, 1989-90), Damon Stoudamire (Arizona, 1994-95) and Jason Terry (Arizona, 1998-99) as the only players in conference history to lead the league in both scoring and assists. The previous three players to do that were all consensus first team All-Americans and Payton and Terry were National Players of the Year.

Pritchard is one of just four players nationally who is leading his conference in both scoring (20.5 points per game) and assists (5.6 per game).

He is one of five finalists for the Bob Cousy Point Guard of the Year Award, one of 10 semifinalists for the Naismith Trophy, one of 15 student-athletes on the Wooden Award National Ballot and one of 12 finalists for the Oscar Robertson Trophy.

Named the national player of the week by three different organizations this season (Naismith Trophy, Oscar Robertson Trophy, and twice named Pac-12 player of the week, Pritchard leads the nation with 140 consecutive starts.

He is the only player in Pac-12 history with 1,900 career points, 600 career assists and 500 career rebounds. Already the school’s record holder in assists (659), wins (105) games played (144) and games started (140), Pritchard is also on pace to become the school’s career leader in steals and could become just the second 2,000-point scorer in program history.

Pritchard has scored at least 20 points against 10 different Pac-12 opponents this season.

No. 13 Oregon is the top seed for this week’s Pac-12 Tournament in Las Vegas and will play the winner of the No. 8 Oregon State-No. 9 Utah game in the quarterfinals Thursday at noon at T-Mobile Arena.

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