Pritchard has showcased an impressive clip through his first two seasons with the Celtics, connecting on 41.2 percent of his triples on 3.6 attempts per game.
Payton Michael Pritchard was born January 28, 1998 in Tualatin, Oregon. He is the son of Melissa and Terry Pritchard. Pritchard attended West Linn High School, where he won four consecutive state titles and was named the 2015 Gatorade Oregon Player of the Year. He also finished high school with a 3.61 GPA. Pritchard chose the University of Oregon for his college studies. Through four years as an Oregon Duck, the point guard started 140 of 144 games, including every game of his sophomore, junior and senior seasons. Pritchard was the first player in Pac-12 history to register 1,900 career points, 500 career rebounds and 600 career assists. The pesky point guard majored in general social science and graduated in 2020. Fans can follow the Oregon product on Twitter @fastpp3. After a decorated high school career, Pritchard decided to stay in state and attend the University of Oregon from 2016 to 2020. As a freshman, the Oregon Duck started 35 of 39 games and posted 7.4 points, 3.6 assists and 1.3 made three-pointers per game. He and Dillon Brooks also led the Ducks to the NCAA Tournament Final Four. During his sophomore season, Pritchard's production increased to 14.5 points, 4.8 assists, 3.8 rebounds and 2.4 three-pointers per contest. Those stats resulted in the West Linn product making the All-Pac-12 Second Team. As a junior, Pritchard's 4.6 assists per game helped guide the Ducks to a 25-13 record and the NCAA Tournament Sweet 16. In Pritchard's senior season (2019-20), he delivered 20.5 points, 5.5 dimes and 2.8 made-three pointers per game, all college career-best marks. He led the Ducks to a 24-7 record before the season ended prematurely due to COVID-19. The senior was then named Bob Cousy Point Guard of the Year and Pac-12 Player of the Year. Thirteen organizations listed Pritchard as a First Team All-American in 2020.