West Linn (OR) class of 2016 point guard Payton Pritchard was in Charlottesville for the 2014 NBPA Top 100 Camp, which took place from June 17-21. Per NCAA regulations the 6’1”, 175-pound prospect was not permitted to meet with the UVa coaches at any time during the event, so he decided to stay an extra day in Charlottesville to meet with head coach Tony Bennett and company.
“I didn’t get to tour the whole campus, but I did sit in [Coach Bennett’s] office and talk to the coaches for a while,” said Pritchard, who received a scholarship offer from the Hoos that day. “It’s a great school. Coach Bennett’s a great coach. He just told me he thinks Virginia would be a great fit for me.”
This was Pritchard’s first ever visit to UVa. Moving forward, is Virginia a school he will seriously consider?
“I am definitely going to consider them,” Pritchard answered.
Coach Bennett made a positive first impression. Should UVa indeed become a major player in this race, he would certainly be an important factor for the West Coast standout.
“I think he’s a great coach and a loyal man,” Pritchard said of Bennett. “He’s a family man. A good Christian man. He thinks he could make me better if I go to Virginia. He said he could expand my game defensively and offensively.”
Arizona State, Indiana, Iowa, Oklahoma, Oregon, Oregon State, UCLA, Villanova, Washington, Wisconsin and Xavier offered Pritchard prior to NBPA Top 100 Camp week. After spending the Sunday following the NBPA Top 100 meeting with Virginia’s staff, he flew out to Wisconsin to take another look at Bo Ryan’s program.
“I really like it out there,” Pritchard said of Wisconsin, a school he has now visited twice. “It was a very nice summertime day. They have great facilities...
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