Patterson Earns A Blue Devil Offer

For as long as anyone can remember, the Blue Devils have had an offer out to Oregon's Kyle Singler. However, the mystery surrounding the final offer has been a hot topic among Duke fans. That mystery was solved on Monday as Patrick Patterson was offered.

Sources close to the situation indicated that Duke would, in fact, extend an offer to the 6-foot-8, 240 pound West Virginia big forward after he impressed the Blue Devil coaches in Indianapolis.

It came on Monday evening, and while Patterson was "relieved" to finally claim a Duke offer -- this one still has a long way to go.

"I don't think I'm close to making any kind of decision right now," said Patrick Patterson. "Right now I'm trying to narrow my list down to around five programs. From there I will take some visits and then make a decision."

Joining the Blue Devils in the recruiting process are a number of big time programs including Oklahoma, Florida, Miami, Kentucky, Wake Forrest, Pittsburgh, Cincinnati, Tennessee, Virginia, Virginia Tech and West Virginia.

Before the Duke offer came, it was thought to be a battle between the Wildcats and Demon Deacons. And while that may still be the case, Patterson acknowledges Duke's appeal.

"Coach K has been straight with me from the start about recruiting, and everything else. He's a legend, and probably one of the best coaches ever. He's tough, but he's also fair. Right now we are just getting to know one another. Academically Duke speaks for itself. They are a little later than other schools, but it's Duke."

With a decision no where close on the horizon, what will Patterson be looking for when it comes time to narrow his list to five and beyond?

"The kind of relationship I have with the coaches and players and how I fit in with everyone around the program. I don't think distance will be much of a factor."

Rated as a five star prospect, Patterson is described by's Dave Telep as a gifted big man who probably winds up being a versatile power forward in college. He can pass with precision and knock down mid-range extended jumpers. And, he has a body built for rebounding.

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