Patterson Makes Decision

Gary Patterson of Hammond (IN) Bishop Noll is off the board. The hot mid-major point guard target is heading to one of the top bracket busting programs in the country.

The Butler Bulldogs got their man. On Monday, Bishop Noll point guard Gary Patterson committed to the Bulldogs. The commitment comes after a summer of head coach Todd Lickliter following Patterson around.

"I think Gary is a great player," Bishop Noll head coach Eddie Fiereck said. "I think if he was 6-1 or 6-2, maybe somebody else comes in bigger but Butler's a great fit and a great program."

And Patterson is a great catch.

Last season he averaged 23 points a game. He was offered by Illinois-Chicago, Akron, Evansville, Weber State and Indiana State. He made 89% of his free throws last season and went to the line nearly 130 times.

Butler's NCAA Tournament wins over Louisville and Mississippi State last year set them apart from some other mid-major schools. "The recent success that they had, coming off a Sweet 16 and the consistency, it's similar to a Gonzaga," Fiereck said.

Patterson attended the 2003 Nike All-American Camp where he performed very well. "What Gary does really well at the high school level is that he puts his game in different gear" Fiereck said. "That's remarkable and he's got the gears where one moment he's cruising and the next he's by you.

"I think with Gary you just get a player that's real unselfish and can score the ball from everywhere on the floor. He takes pride in defending."

And he'll be doing it at Butler come the fall of 2004.

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