Kevin Pritchard, former general manager of the Portland Trailblazers and current general manager of the Indiana Pacers, commandered a team on the court. He was the starting point guard for Kansas in the late 1980’s.
Pritchard teamed with Danny Manning en route to the title in his junior season. Pritchard started out slow as a freshman on the club. As a freshman, Pritchard averaged ten points per contest. He was always a great shooter, connecting on nearly 40% of his three-point field goals at the school. The Jayhawks advanced to the sweet sixteen in 1986, his freshman season.
Next year, Kansas caught fire in the NCAA tournament, riding Manning’s hot hand all the way to the championship. Pritchard averaged 11 points per game, and three assists. Then probation hit the team and head coach Larry Brown left.
The probation only lasted one season. Kansas posted a record of 19-12 with Roy Williams leading the way. Pritchard as the main scoring threat increased his points per game average to 15. He also increased his assists by nearly two per game as a junior. Then as a senior, the probation was lifted and Kansas found themselves in familiar territory, the NCAA tournament. Kansas had a record of 30-5, with Pritchard again as the main scorer. He averaged about 15 points per game, and five assists.
Golden State decided to give Pritchard a chance in the NBA, by drafting him in the second round of the 1990 draft. He played 60 games as a rookie, averaging four points per game. His career spanned through 1995 and 94 career games, before he retired. Pritchard made stops at Boston, Philadelphia, Miami and Washington along the way.
Pritchard got into management in 2001 at Kansas City of the ABA. He was a scout at San Antonio before getting his big break at Portland. Then after being fired in 2010, he joined Indiana the next season. In June, Pacers general manager Larry Bird announced he was stepping down, opening the door up for Pritchard to take over the position.