Payton Pritchard says he's ready to start next chapter

Lindsey Wisniewski
NBC Sports Northwest

Payton Pritchard has played his last game as a Duck. 

His career at Oregon came to an abrupt halt when the NCAA canceled all winter and spring NCAA championships due to coronavirus concerns, and even if Pritchard is granted another year of eligibility, he's made it clear he's ready to move on. 

The Oregon point guard penned a farewell letter to Ducks Nation on Tuesday night and reflected on his success in an Oregon uniform. 

This has been a crazy and difficult week, but I wanted to reach out to all Duck fans and thank you for the outpouring love and support. It has been tough to come to the realization that I have played my final game as a Duck, but I am so grateful for the time I have spent in Eugene and want to thank all of you for supporting and helping me grow over the past four years. I am so proud of the three Pac-12 championships we have won and being able to represent the University of Oregon in the Final Four. While this is not the way I wanted it to end, as I look back, I will always cherish that my final game as a Duck was a win at MKA that clinched a conference championship. Thank you to Coach Altman and the staff for allowing me to live my dream of playing for Oregon. I am excited to start the next chapter of my life, but I will always be a Duck.

Pritchard capped off his four-year career at Oregon with a Pac-12 Player of the Year nod, becoming just the fourth player in conference history to lead the league in scoring (20.2 points) and assists (5.6 assists. He also helped lead the Ducks to a Pac-12 Championship, after finishing the season with a 24-7,13-5 Pac-12 record. 

He became the only player in Pac-12 history with 1,900 career points, 600 career assists and 500 career rebounds. Pritchard holds the school record for assists with 659, wins with 105, games played with 144, and games started with 140. 

The only thing that could make his final year at Oregon sweeter? An award as the nation's most outstanding men's college basketball player. Earlier this week, Pritchard was named finalist for the Citizen Naismith Trophy, a prestigious award given to the nation's best player in college basketball. He is the only Duck to ever be named a finalist for the Naismith award. 

Pritchard has not only solidified himself as a Pac-12 record holder, but also one of the flashiest playmakers in Oregon history. 

We'll never forget his game-winning dagger from 26-feet in overtime over the Huskies in January. It wasn't because Pritchard made the jaw-dropping shot, because of course he did. It's because what he did afterwards that made him a legend.

"This is my city! My city! My city! I own this city!"

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