Buffs Land Big Man

Ricardo Patton and the Colorado basketball team received good news Thursday afternoon in the form of a verbal commitment from a big man.

Caleb Patterson, the 6-foot-11.5 inch post player from Ringwood, Okla., decided he'd seen and heard enough about Colorado and Thursday after school, Patterson called Coach Patton and told him he wanted to be a Buffalo in the 2007 class.

"It definitely feels good," Patterson told BSN about the decision.

Patterson visited CU earlier in September. Patton and assistant coach Paul Graham made an in-home visit to the Pattersons last week.

"It went real well. We just sat down and talked about everything," Patterson said. "They just wanted to show me how much they wanted me to come to Colorado. And it all worked out."

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 chose CU over offers from Wichita State, Rice, Navy, Coalgate, Lehigh and Wofford. He played on the Oklahoma Trotters summer league team, and Patton and Company decided to offer Patterson after seeing him play in a summer tournament.

Basketball expert Greg Swaim says, "Caleb has terrific size and knows how to get the most out of it with his long arms and shotblocking ability."

Patterson shouldn't have any trouble qualifying as he carries a 3.7 GPA.

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