Prior to playing in the Mary Kline Classic in New Jersey on a trip across the country, Payton Pritchard (West Linn/Team Fast, OR), took an unofficial visit to Villanova. The 6-foot-0 point guard currently holds offers from Arizona State, Butler, Indiana, Iowa, Oklahoma, Oregon, Oregon State, Villanova, and Wisconsin, all of which he will visit this summer. Schools also expressing interest in Pritchard include Colorado, UCLA, and Virginia.
Pritchard, a sophomore, does not have any frontrunners in his recruitment at the moment but likes what he saw in The City of Brotherly Love.
"I'm looking for a pushing offense," Pritchard said. "Villanova is guard-heavy and they like to get up and down, which I like. I don't have an official list of my top schools but they're definitely one of my favorites."
The coaching staff at Villanova also stood out to the top-50 recruit from Oregon.
"(Head Coach) Jay (Wright) is a great guy and coach," Pritchard said. "He produces a lot of great point guards and that's one thing I look for in a program."
Recruiting Pritchard may seem like uncharted territory for the Wildcats since their entire roster this past season hailed from east of the Mississippi River. But he has a tie to one of the head assistants.
"Baker Dunleavy is from Oregon and basically from my hometown so we have a connection there," he said. "He got in touch with me last year and it's just carried on from there."
A true point guard who plays selfless on offense and provides intensity on defense, Pritchard can also be a lockdown perimeter shooter. After distributing the ball mostly in the underclassmen game at the Mary Kline Classic, Pritchard hit 15 three pointers in the first round of the three-point shootout. Another skill of Pritchard is his athleticism on the court. But he said that is one asset he wants to improve on this summer.
Pritchard also was invited to the NBA Top 100 Camp and is excited for the opportunity.
"It's a great camp with great competition, and I want to play against the best," Pritchard noted.
As a sophomore, the recruitment is still wide open for Pritchard, but he expects to commit by this time next year. Expect more schools to join the already long list for the crafty Beaver State point guard.