For the second time this season, Payton Pritchard has been named Pac-12 player of the week.
The senior point guard earned the honor following a weekend that saw him score a career-high 38 points in the Ducks 73-72 overtime win at No. 24 Arizona on Saturday. He tied his season high with six three-pointers and also had six rebounds and four assists against the Wildcats.
Two nights earlier, Pritchard scored 18 in Oregon's loss at Arizona State.
Pritchard is on the lists for the Wooden Award (final 20), Naismith Trophy (final 30), Oscar Robertson Trophy (final 12) and the Bob Cousy Point Guard of the Year Award (final 10), Pritchard is one of just two players nationally averaging at least 20 points, four rebounds and five assists per game.
Pritchard is also one of just two players nationally who is leading his conference in both scoring (20.1 points per game) and assists (5.4 per game). If he ends up holding on to the scoring and assists leads, Pritchard would 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 accomplish that feat. All three were consensus first-team all-Americans and Payton and Terry were national players of the year.
He is the only player in Pac-12 history with 1,800 career points, 600 career assists and 500 career rebounds. Already the school’s record holder in assists (642), wins (102) and games started (137), Pritchard is also on pace to become the school’s career leader in steals and games played and could become just the second 2,000-point scorer in program history.
Pritchard was also named Pac-12 player of the week on Dec. 16 for his efforts in Oregon’s 71-70 overtime win at No. 5 Michigan.
No. 14 Oregon hosts Oregon State at 8 p.m. Thursday at Matthew Knight Arena.