Oregon Ducks junior guard Payton Pritchard (West Linn HS) was named to the 2018-19 Wooden Award Preseason Top-50 Watch List, it was announced Tuesday.
Some high recognition for @fastpp3 – named to the Wooden Award Preseason Top 50 Watch List! He’s one of only 3 Pac-12 players on the list.
— Oregon Men’s Basketball (@OregonMBB) November 6, 2018
The Ducks are ranked No.14 in the Preseason AP-Top 25, and debut their loaded freshman class Tuesday night at home against Portland State in the regular season opener (8pm, Pac-12 Network).
Pritchard, who won four straight state titles at West Linn, averaged 13.5 points, 4.8 assists and 3.8 rebounds a game last season as a sophomore for the Ducks, who missed the NCAA Tournament. Pritchard is a team-leader this season, which will be his third straight as a starting point guard. His freshman year he helped the Ducks reach their first Final Four since 1939.
Earlier this week, much-hyped freshman Bol Bol earned some preseason recognition himself. Fellow prized freshman forward Louis King and guard Will Richardson will figure to also contribute for the Ducks.