Adidas Gauntlet Recap – Payton and Anthony

Bleacher Report has a great write up on several players Adidas players that were present for the Orlando event in May. Inset below is the portion on Payton and Anthony. To read the entire article click HERE

Pritchard Playing Fast

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West Linn high school has a 2016 gem in Payton Pritchard. Team Fast is led by a pure point guard who can stroke the three. Pritchard has a quick release on his jumper and can pull the trigger from beyond the three point line at any time. He is an excellent ball handler who plays with poise and who looks to set up teammates. He showed good court vision in drive-and-kick scenarios. Payton isn’t just a long range threat, he can get in the lane with solid athleticism and score as well as pull-up when needed. Pritchard could be a bit turnover prone and his shot selection wasn’t always the best, but we chalk this up to the fact that Payton is the predominant shot maker on the team. We like his obvious ability to lead on the floor and his motor that continues to keep him and those around him competing. Size might seem like an issue at the college ranks, but after watching him play live we doubt it will be.

Pritchard’s high school teammate and New Mexico-commit Anthony Mathis is a good scoring option who plays off the ball for Team Fast. He’s a good catch-and-shoot player with range. If the opposing team closes out, he showed he could put the ball on the floor and score at the rim. Mathis has solid positional length, but will need to add muscle to his frame. His athleticism and foot speed are solid, but those could be better. Mathis can finish in transition and find open teammates when he gets in the lane.