Duke Visit Leaves Patterson One Step Closer

Heading into his in-home visit with the Duke coaching staff, Huntington (W.Va.) big forward Patrick Patterson was hoping for a chance to "catch up" with the head coach Mike Krzyzewski and his assistants. With the visit now in the rear view mirror, was the nation's top unsigned prospect impressed?

"It was very impressive, but laid back at the same time," said Patrick Patterson of Monday night's visit. "Coach K, Coach Collins, and Coach Dawkins all came in and we talked about a lot of topics. It was nice because they didn't really do anything other than just talk. No pressure."

Despite the Duke coaching staff's laid back approach toward Patterson, the message of just how much Coach K wants the 6-foot-8, 235lbs prospect anchoring his team for the foreseeable future wasn't lost.

"They have said from the start that I would have the chance to go in and compete for a big role early in my career. I don't want to be given anything, but I also want a chance to get my shot. They outline everything from where I fit in with the current players on the team as well as the guys they have coming in this year from high school. I know where I would be and how I would be utilized if I end up at Duke."

And how would that be? Patterson, never one to be overly willing to tip his hand had a one word response for that question: "effectively".

With the basketball talk out of the way, the coaching staff had a chance to sit down and talk about everything from school to social life. Along the way, however, Kryzewski was forced to play rumor patrol.

"I had heard a lot of rumors about guys leaving Duke, and they had heard a lot about me being a package deal with Jai [Lucas]. In the end we had a chance for both sides to clear the air. We both know to believe only what each other are saying. People like to talk, and that's just part of the process."

With no more in-home visits on the horizon, Patterson indicated that he will sit down with his family in the coming weeks with eyes on making his collegiate decision public before the end of the Spring signing period.

"It's a matter of weighing the pros and cons with my family. This is a decision that will impact me for the rest of my life. I've listened for a long time, now it's time to choose."

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