Patterson's Recruiting Battle Ends Today

After more than two years of heavy recruitment, Patrick Patterson will make his choice today at a 3:45 press conference in Huntington, W.Va.

"I already know where I'm going," Patterson told The Huntington Herald Dispatch. ""I was torn between two schools and narrowed it down to those two."

Experts throughout the country agree that one of those two programs is the Florida Gators. The other being either Kentucky or Duke.

Not wanting his decision to leak to the media, Patterson has decided that nobody will know for sure until he takes the microphone for today's press conference in hopes of avoiding telling two programs that he will not be attending their schools.

"You have to tell them you're not signing with their school and are signing with another school. They've recruited me for a long time and built good relationships and bonds, but I have to call them and tell them I'm not coming."

From the Blue Devils' point of view, earning a commitment from Patterson would vault their already stellar class of three McDonald's All-Americans to the the top of the 2007 rankings.

With the loss of Josh McRoberts to the NBA Draft, Duke's post position is wide open with only seldom used sophomore Brian Zoubek on the roster as a true interior player. Sophomore Lance Thomas is also considered likely to man the interior should Patterson go elsewhere.

A "miss" on Patterson would directly impact Duke's recruiting in the class of 2008 where top target Greg Monroe currently holds the lone Blue Devil offer. Should Patterson end up a Gator or Wildcat, the Blue Devils would likely target a three man class of Monroe, another big forward, and a scoring guard.

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