Patterson's commitment comes on the Heels of pledge from Derwin Kitchen, a 2005 Scout.com 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.