Oregon Ducks point guard Payton Pritchard announced via his Instagram page Wednesday that he is returning to Oregon for his senior year. Matt Prehm of 24/7 sports reported it first earlier in the day.
— Matt Prehm (@MattPrehm) May 29, 2019
Though expected, Pritchard’s return to the Ducks is much-needed and met with sighs of relief. Oregon has already witnessed the departures this off-season of Louis King and Kenny Wooten, compounded by the transfers of Miles Norris and Victor Bailey, Jr.
The Ducks are coming off an unforgettable post-season run in the 2018-19 season that saw them finish sixth in the Pac-12 regular season standings, win the Pac-12 Tournament and secure an automatic bid in the NCAA Tournament where they scored an upset as a 12-seed over 5-seed Wisconsin followed by a win over 13-seed UC-Irvine before bowing out in the Sweet Sixteen to eventual National Champion Virginia.