Patterson Hosts Coach K

As with most players who are virtual locks to attend the annual McDonalds All-American game, Patrick Patterson's recruitment has been very active with several high majors calling. This week he's in the middle of in-home visits with coaching staffs from around the country, including Duke.

Coming off his first official visit to Florida, which the five star forward rated a "10", Patterson and his family had a chance to sit down with Kentucky's Tubby Smith on Monday night. After allowing that presentation to sink in, it was time for Duke head coach Mike Krzyzewski to make his pitch to the family.

"Coach K put on a great visit and was very sincere in the way he thinks Patrick can fit in at Duke, and how he would develop as a player," said Patrick's mother Tywanna Patterson. "We were all very impressed and comfortable with the presentation."

That presentation began with re-introductions followed by Coach K's impressions of where Patterson is now and where he could end up after spending three or four seasons in the Duke program. Following that, the Duke coach went to the multimedia cabinet to showcase past Duke players with an emphasis on the changes between their freshmen and upperclassmen years. Soon after, the talk turned back to the benefits of enrolling as a Duke basketball player.

"We talked about the academic side of things," said Mrs. Patterson. "We know what a great school Duke is academically, and on the official visit I think Patrick will have a chance to learn even more [about that]."

That visit will take place on September 29th where he will have a chance to tour the campus, meet the players, support staff, and will likely have a chance to get on the floor in Cameron to run with the players in pick up game action. Following that visit, Patterson will look to attend Kentucky's Midnight Madness before sitting down and beginning to look towards a decision.

"We have everything bundled tightly together so everything he's heard and seen will be fresh in his mind when it comes time. Right now he's hoping to make a decision by early November, but there is still a lot for him to see and hear with the other programs visiting. If he isn't comfortable by then, we will wait until April."

So, on the whole, how would Mrs. Patterson define her initial impressions of Coach K and the Duke program?

"First class and very genuine."

While he's yet to have the chance to meet the players or see the program from the inside out, Patrick has already spoken on several key subjects regarding basketball - including the role the Duke coaching staff envisions for him should he eventually decide to become a Blue Devil.

"I've talked to Coach Collins and Coach K a lot about that and they see me as a player who can come in and play a role like Josh McRoberts did last year. Then, when he leaves, I can play his position. Since they began recruiting me, I have really developed a good relationship with the coaches and they have been up front with me on everything. They are recruiting me and Kyle Singler, and want us to round out their class. It's pretty cool being Duke's only big man target."

Patterson, who maintains a 3.6 grade point average and is targeting a degree in computer science, is rated five stars by and the number 11 player overall nationally.

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