Patterson: Three in Front

Patrick Patterson (Scout.com, No. 36) is a guy whose always managed to fly a little under the radar. First off, he lives in Huntington, West Va. Secondly, he's not the most athletic big man in the country. However, the 6-foot-8 junior has plenty of suitors with his blue-collar play.

Patrick Patterson is a blue-collar guy. He just goes about his business without much fanfare and gets the job done.

However, despite his low-key and workmanlike attitude, big-time schools have taken notice of the Huntington High (West Va.) junior big man.

The 6-foot-8, 225-pound Patterson, who was born in Washington, D.C., moved to Virginia for a couple of years and then landed in West Virginia when he was 5 years old, has turned himself into a valuable commodity with his rebounding, shot-blocking skills and the effort he gives in every game.

Patterson made the switch prior to the season from the East Coast Scholar Athletes to the high-powered Boo Williams traveling team – and it's paid off thus far.

``It was a good decision for me," Patterson said. "I think the competition has been better and I've improved in April because of who I am playing with and against."

Patterson fully admits that he needs to work on his offensive game, especially in the low-post. His scoring numbers were hardly eye-popping (16 ppg) for someone playing in a state that is hardly loaded with D-1 players. But Patterson averaged an impressive 15 boards and 6 blocks per contest.

While he said that he's still "open in the process", Patterson did manage to single out Wake Forest, Kentucky and Florida as the three schools who have emerged.

``For me, it's going to come down to how my family gets along with the coaches," Patterson said. "I don't have to start or anything like that. I just want to get a little bit of playing time."

``Right now all the schools are even," he added. "I plan to take five official visits in August and September and I'm definitely going to go to Wake Forest, Kentucky and Florida."


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