Payton Pritchard, a 6'0" 190 pound consensus 4-star point guard from West Linn, Ore., has verbally committed to the Oklahoma Sooners. Pritchard, who plays his high school basketball for West Linn and for Team Fast on the AAU circuit, announced the decision during a press conference at his high school Tuesday morning.
Pritchard had most recently visited Norman for the Sooners' midnight madness event, fueling speculation that he was Oklahoma-bound when he announced that he had found the school shortly following the trip. His parents are both Sooner alumns and sister lives in Oklahoma City. The newest Sooner had also visited Villanova and Gonzaga in recent weeks, while being a frequent visitor to the Oregon campus given his proximity to Eugene. Additionally, Wisconsin, Michigan, and Michigan State were in his Final 7.
Pritchard is currently ranked as the #39 player in the country, and the #8 point guard, according to the 247SportsComposite. He was the top point guard on Villanova's board for 2016 so it will be interesting to see where Jay Wright and staff go from here. Point guard depth isn't a major concern for Villanova with Jalen Brunson and Phil Booth set to handle the position.
Most likely, Wright will now focus his efforts on scoring guards (Rawle Alkins, Tyus Battle) to replace Ryan Arcidiacono and Dylan Ennis, and at least one immediate-impact forward (Omari Spellman, Sedee Keita) to replace Daniel Ochefu.