During the July evaluation period, prospects emerge and begin to make a name for themselves. One of those players this year is Avery Patterson, a guard from Marietta, GA.
Patterson played well at Peach State last week in Aiken, SC and finds himself with a slue of new offers and interest. Coaches saw a blend of physicality and skill that sparked their interest. Patterson plays great defense, handles the ball well, has a smooth jumper, and uses his physicality to his advantage.
The 6-foot 2 guard compares himself to another combo guard that is currently in the NBA.
"I would say Monta Ellis, because people say that they don't know if he is a one or a two and they say the same thing about me," Patterson explained. "At the end of the day, I'm still going to get buckets. I don't prefer one position over the other."
The Georgia guard finds himself gaining interest frequently and has offers from Kansas State, Boston College, Butler, Richmond, St. Louis, Gardner-Webb, Western Kentucky, and Murray State. UCF and a few others are also expressing interest.
While Patterson said he enjoys the sun and warm weather, location won't be an extremely important factor in his recruitment. He says that all the schools are recruiting him well and all are on even footing.
A couple of the coaches that watched Patterson last week in South Carolina were new Butler head coach Brandon Miller and assistant Terry Johnson. Miller liked what he saw from Patterson and extended an offer. Then Patterson did a little research about Butler.
"Coach Miller, the new head coach (extended the offer)," Patterson said. "I have read about him a little bit, I've talk to him twice, and he has talked to my high school coach. He really likes how I play the game and stuff like that."
Patterson helped lead a talented Wheeler (GA) High School team to a 21-9 record last season. The Wildcats lost in the state semifinals to Hillgrove.
Despite the disappointing ending to their season, Patterson is working to become more consistent and make better decisions with the ball in his hands. He is extremely optimistic about his upcoming senior season.
"I'm looking forward to it," Patterson said. "We should win state, hands down."
While Patterson is receiving a lot of interest and his recruitment is heating up, he isn't focused on it. As the fall draws closer, he will begin to focus on his recruitment more and begin the process of narrowing his list, which will lead to his decision.
"I will set up my visits in August," Patterson said. "Then I will start narrowing at the end of August after my visits. I think it all depends on how I feel about the visits. If I feel like it's the right feeling and the right place for me I will commit."
Patterson and Game Elite are currently playing in Best of the South in Georgia and will next head to Super 64 in Las Vegas.
By adding a player like Patterson, who is versatile in being able to play the point, but also score when moved to shooting guard, it gives Miller many options in creating lineups for the future.