Patterson Recounts Duke Visit

After taking his second official visit over the weekend, Patrick Patterson has had a chance to let his experience in Durham sink in. With the 48 hours the 6-foot-8, 235 pound West Virginia power forward spent with Blue Devil staff and players fresh in his mind, Patrick spoke about the trip on Monday.

Hosted by freshman Gerald Henderson, Patrick Patterson said the Duke visit was as impressive as anything he'd seen on the recruiting circuit to date.

"I had a chance to really see what Duke is all about from the inside. It was a really laid back kind of atmosphere. I ate with the coaches on Friday and then had a chance to eat dinner with Coach K at his house on Saturday night. I also had a chance to meet with different administrators and staff. It was a great weekend."

But how does it compare with his original official visit to Florida?

"I liked them both a lot. There were some things about Duke that I thought were the best, but there were things at Florida I liked too. Right now I'm going to visit Kentucky and then I'll start to really compare everything I've seen."

The Duke coaching staff jumped in on Patterson in the early spring and quickly elevated themselves from also rans to what some analysts consider one of the leaders in this race. Still there were some issues that needed clarification in the five star prospect's mind before he left Durham.

"Education wise, you really can't beat what they have to offer, but I had some questions about how I fit in as a player. They see me as a versatile power forward who can also develop as a sort of a three as well. They don't want me to add a lot of weight if I commit because that may take me away from my ability to get out on the break and really run. Coach K has been up front with me about everything, and I am comfortable with his plan."

"We also talked about who they have coming in from my class. They only want to sign me and Kyle Singler. It's very humbling to be a top Duke target."

Patterson also had a chance to run in some pickup action with the new look Blue Devils, something that may eventually play a small role in his decision making process.

"I think I did OK against those guys. I got free for a couple dunks, and was able to hit some shots over my defender. All of those guys will be here when I get to college, so if I chose Duke I know I could play with them and fit in well."

After the Kentucky visit, Patterson says he will make a few choices. First and foremost he'll look to see if any more official visits are needed including a trip to Wake Forest and, perhaps, West Virginia. He expects to have a decision before the fall signing period ends.


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