Patterson Sorting Through Summer Interest

Patrick Patterson took his game to new heights this past summer. The 6-foot-8 Huntington (WVa.) High standout turned himself into a Top 5 power forward and in turn is now one of the hottest recruits in America.

All the big guys followed him around with great interest in July. College basketball's heavy hitters dropped in (and in some cases followed) power forward Patrick Patterson from coast to coast.'s No. 15 (and rising?) prospect in the Class of 2007 had a summer to remember. His traveling team came within a game of the AAU National Championship. Patterson was regarded as one of the elite players at Nike Camp and the Peach Jam.

Maybe the defining play of is entire month came in the AAU national semis when in the game's waning moments he rose to the occasion and rejected two shots that could have been game winners.

"I really stepped up and played well against bigger and tougher competition," Patterson said. "I performed pretty well against the top name guys." By mid-month, Patterson was the main guy!

But, that's not how Patterson sees it. "I see myself as an average player not a big name player."

This "average player" is likely to visit Florida when the national champs award their rings the weekend of Sept. 9th. A visit to Duke, Patterson said, is also likely.

"I'm going to take all my visits but I don't have anything planned."

"Right now I've got about 12 schools on my list and I have to cut that down to five. We're going to sit down and make a list of schools and write down what we don't and do like about them. Then by the end of August I'll have 5 schools to make officials to."

In the hunt are obviously Florida and Duke joined by Kentucky, Wake Forest, Pittsburgh, Virginia, Georgia, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Miami, West Virginia and North Carolina.

What's the big fella looking for? "Good team chemistry and a family type relationship with the coaches and the players."

Shouldn't be a problem.

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