Devils Must Catch Up For Patterson

INDIANPOLIS, IN – Believe it or not Patrick Patterson grew up a Duke AND a Kentucky fan. While both schools have and in-state bitter rival, the two just don't go together, especially since Christian Laettner hit the turn around in 1992. But Patterson found a way to cheer for both.

"It was kind of weird though because I always wore Kentucky and Duke stuff," the 6-8, 228-pound PF said. (I wore) a lot of jerseys and all that so I was a big fan of both of them."

But surprisingly Duke isn't one of his top two schools. The Blue Devils, who just started recruiting him a month or so ago, are behind Wake Forest and Kentucky. Both the Demon Deacons and the Wildcats have been courting him for quite some time.

"Wake's been with me since day one and Kentucky was the first school to start recruiting me," Patterson explained. "Growing up I was a Kentucky fan and I like Wake because its real close to my family and I like the atmosphere, coaching staff and the I like the campus."

But its unlikely Duke is scared off by the lead that the Deacs and Cats have developed with Patterson. The Blue Devils have been known to arrive late in the recruiting process and leave with the player.

Duke's coaching staff began making contact with Patterson around Memorial Day weekend and he's becoming one of their top targets at the post position.

"One day coach called me and started talking to me and then he said he was going to get me on the phone with Coach K. My dad's in love with Duke. Growing up he loved Duke and growing up I was also a Duke fan and a Kentucky fan."

After a discussion with an assistant Duke's head man and Patterson had a phone call that led to Duke beginning the recruiting process with the West Virginia native.

"I talked to Coach K on the phone and he said that they want to start recruiting me and get to know me and my family. And they've been straight forward with me in the process in terms of people that they were recruiting for my position and all that."

One thing Duke has going for them is time. Patrick Patterson doesn't appear to be ready to make a commitment to a school as he said he would like to take some visits before he makes a decision of this magnitude.

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