Patterson Remains Patient

Patrick Patterson,'s No. 11 prospect, is one of those homerun guys on the recruiting trail. Land him and you're in business, miss him and, well, you don't want to go there. So far he's had one visit and it went well.

The commitment cycle seemingly spins more and more out of control with each passing year. Commitments happen in larger numbers and sooner each year rendering official visits less and less important.

However, without fail each fall a handful of players do an excellent job of keeping up the suspense. Last year, Spencer Hawes was one of those guys along with Brandan Wright that captivated recruiting audiences coast to coast.

Eric Gordon's done a nice job of holding an audience and from the sounds of it; Patrick Patterson is going to need some time to sift through it all as well.

Despite numerous rave reviews of his visit to Florida, Patterson says he's sticking to the plan and listening to the advice of people close to him.

"I just know that my family, friends and coaching staff told me to take however many visits I want because I'm going to like all the campuses," Patterson said. "I have to see it myself. An average person might take the first visit and want to sign right off the bat. My family talks to me about making so I'll take I'll my visits and check everything out."

Florida was first up and by all accounts did a tremendous job showcasing their program. Patterson went into the visit with a vast knowledge of Gator basketball and Billy Donovan and Co. proved to be quite hospitable.

Still, Patterson says he's sticking with the process. West Virginia was in his home Tuesday night. The Mountaineers are on the list but don't have a visit date because Patterson said he's been the school enough and probably won't need an official visit.

Duke's trip comes later this month and Kentucky's visit will take place during the Wildcats Midnight Madness event. Wake Forest is also on the list and Virginia has been in to see him as well, each hoping to score one of those official visits.

So what's going to knock his socks off during and make an impression? "Pretty much real good team chemistry and the atmosphere and how well the players get along."

So far so good for Florida. Up next: Duke.

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