The reasons for Duke coveting Patterson are obvious. With sophomore Josh McRoberts so prominent on the NBA Draft's radar, the Blue Devils face an uncertain rotation in the front court should another early defection impact the program. Which is where Krzyzewski sees Patterson fitting in.
"He was telling me that I could play the same kind of role Shelden played - a four in college who could extend his game as a three in the NBA. When you see how well Shelden did, that would be something. The Duke system really helped prepare him, and he was a top five pick. Coach also thinks the class they have coming in could be better than his, if I committed - and they were pretty good."
Having already seen Nolan Smith and Kyle Singler in action previously, Patterson got his first vision of Duke bound forward Taylor King as Mater Dei (Calif) took on Smith's Oak Hill Academy in the night cap.
"Taylor was really good. He can really shoot the ball, and extend the defense. That was something else Coach talked about with the class they have coming in. Each one of those players can do something that will take the pressure off his teammates. Taylor has great range, Nolan can penetrate, and Kyle is just great all over the court. It would mean a lot of easy buckets for their interior players."
As far as a recruiting timetable goes, the 6-8 forward says nothing has really changed for him. He's looking to narrow the list down to three programs in the next few weeks and will hopefully have a decision soon afterwards.
"That's my hope. I'd like to have it overwith before the NCAAs really get going. It's been a great experience, but it can ware you down after a while."
After his season ends, Patterson will likely compete in the Jordan All American game as well as the McDonalds game, for which he's a virtual lock.