Oregon senior men’s basketball standout Payton Pritchard was named Wednesday the recipient of the Lute Olson Award, which is presented annually to the nation's top Division I player by CollegeInsider.com.
Pritchard is the first player from the Pac-12 Conference to win the award named for the former Arizona coaching great. The award has been given out every season beginning with the 2009-10 season.
Pritchard became the fourth conference player to lead the Pac-12 in scoring (20.5 points per game) and assists (5.6 per game) in the same season in earning conference player of the year honors. He is also one of just three players nationally to average at least 20 points, four rebounds and five assists per game and was one of just four players nationally who led his conference in scoring and assists.
Pritchard helped Oregon to an outright Pac-12 regular season title, the Ducks’ third in the last five years. Oregon was 13-5 in the Pac-12 and 24-7 overall when its season ended before it began play in the conference tournament because of the coronavirus crisis.
Named Oregon’s first consensus first team all-American in 80 years on Tuesday, Pritchard has been named a first team all-American by nine different organizations this season, including becoming the first Ducks men’s player to be a first-team Associated Press All-American.