"We decided it would be in his best interests to attend a preparatory school for one year," Dale VanWright Sr. told the Camera.
A spokesperson for the CU basketball program had no comment when BSN inquired about the situation Thursday.
The Camera reported VanWright Sr. said his son's decision to go the prep-school route had nothing to do with the fact Patton is in the final year of his contract, and his future as CU coach after next season is unclear. He said Dale Jr. still may end up in a CU uniform after next season.
Dale Jr. played with three other CU recruits in the Joint Effort tournament in Denver in the spring. Patton called this year's crop his best recruiting class ever at Colorado, and Dale VanWright was considered by some to be the plum of the class.