Patterson Makes His Pick

Avery Patterson, regarded as one of the top shooting guards in junior college basketball, has made a decision. Patterson will play in the Big East.

The St. John's Red Storm received their second commitment of the weekend when Iowa Western JC guard Avery Patterson pledged to the program after listening to pitches from Miami and Cincinnati with Kansas showing interest.

Patterson's commitment comes on the Heels of pledge from Derwin Kitchen, a 2005 Top 100 guard. Both additions are significant for the Red Storm's 2006 recruiting efforts.

"I think it's a good program," Patterson said. "I came on the visit, liked the campus and they've got a good team. That's where I need to be. They said they have everything except a shooter and I'm a good fit for their program."

Patterson, a 6-foot-4 guard who hoisted 3s at a 40% rate last season, did some impressive things during his two years according to coach Jim Morris.

"He can really shoot it. He's a great shooter and a really good athlete who is put together well. He can read screens and shoot coming off them. He's our all-time single season scoring leader and he's 8-9 3s in a game several times. He's played against good people and he can really, really shoot it."

Patterson wasn't a big name coming out of tiny Kannapolis in North Carolina. In fact, the idea of a basketball player from that area is a little new; it's not exactly the sport of choice at A.L. Brown High School.

"I came out here to the junior college and I had two successful years," Patterson said. "It's like I was a secret or something. I came from a football town and a lot of football players came out of there. It's football and NASCAR, that's all it is."

Not anymore. Now there's a Big East basketball player from Kannapolis and Norm Roberts hopes he'll be driving in circles around others guards on the Big East track next fall.

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