Big Man on Campus

The Buffs hosted a big man on campus this weekend. The post player from Oklahoma says he likes Colorado and wants to make a decision about where to attend college before his senior season begins in late November.

Center/power forward Caleb Patterson out of Ringwood, Okla., was in Boulder for an official visit this weekend. The Buffs coaching staff offered Patterson a scholarship after watching him play in a tournament in Las Vegas this summer, Patterson told BSN Sunday.

Of his official visit, Patterson said, "I met some people and just hung out with the team. I played with them some, and got to check everything out."

"It all looked good," he added.

Patterson said he's currently 6-feet, 11-and-a-half inches, 222 pounds and growing.

The big man averaged 17 points, 13 boards and 5 blocks a game last season as a junior at Ringwood High. He led his Class A small school team to the state tournament his sophomore and junior seasons. It was Ringwood's first state tourney appearances in 35 years. Patterson was named all-state as a junior. Ringwood returns four of five starters and should contend for the state tourney again this season.

Patterson told BSN Sunday he hopes to decide and commit to a college before that season begins at the end of November.

"I'm just looking to go somewhere where I feel comfortable and I fit in," Patterson said. "Colorado is definitely a place where I feel that after this weekend. The atmosphere up there is just great."

He currently holds offers from CU, Wichita State, Rice, Navy, Coalgate, Lehigh and Wofford, and is hearing from Big 12 schools Texas Tech and Oklahoma.

Those who have seen him play say Patterson has nice hands around the basket, good footwork and a feel for passing. He'll need to put on more weight if he were to play in the Big 12, but he has plenty of time to do that.

Patterson shouldn't have any trouble qualifying wherever he goes. He carries a 3.7 GPA.

The Buffs currently have two seniors on their roster, but are expected to have three scholarships available to give in the 2007 class as they're carrying 12 scholarship players — one below the NCAA limit — this season.

Littleton (Arapahoe) shooting guard Levi Knutson is expected to take an official visit to CU this coming weekend.


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