"I'm very fortunate to be in this situation. I mean if I have to deal with the recruiting process a little bit longer to make the best decision I can from a great group of schools, then I don't think that's a bad deal."
At the height of his recruitment, Patterson reports his phone ringing or notifying him of text messages from people other than his circle of friends and family several times a day. Over the last few days, however, he's been able to shut his phones off and listen.
"I had a chance to sit down with Coach Donnovan and the new Kentucky coach, Coach Gillispie. Both visits went really well. I know pretty much everything about both schools, and Coach Donnovan. But I am still learning about Coach Gillispie since he just took over."
Another prominent head coach will take his turn on the in-home visit circuit tonight when Duke head coach Mike Krzyzewski and his staff make their way to Huntington. The Blue Devils have long thought to be playing catch up for Patterson, and yet Duke has always remained near the top of the list for a few reasons.
"Over the last year I've really gotten to know Coach K and his staff. I've had a chance to meet a lot of their players as well. With Duke you've got a situation where what you see is what you get. Coach K already had his shot to go to the NBA and coach the Lakers for a lot of money, but chose to stay at Duke, so I know he's the guy who will be there. I think the visit will just be a chance to sit down and go over different details and to just catch up with them, and their program."
Much like the ebb and flow of the tide, the rumor mill has always been present with Patterson. Sometimes it's at full power, and others times it's just back channel whispers. Regarding some of the latest repackaged rumors, Patterson maintains steadfast.
"You hear a lot of them. But you don't hear them from me. I am hoping to commit by the end of the spring. I've waited so I can make the best decision for me. I know a lot of other players want me to come to their school, and I listen, but in the end this will be what's best for me."
Patterson finished his senior season and post season tour ranked as a five star prospect by Scout.com. He is considered the fourth best power forward in the country.