In the 70's, 80's and 90's, a basketball star would be thrown to the wolves if he ever even considered leaving the state of California for greener pastures.
Yet here in Lakewood (Calif.), lies Patrick Christopher, a 6-foot-3, 190 pound senior-to-be from Mayfair High School, whom hopes to smash those plans and instead decided to make some of his own.
Coincidentally it was a former Wildcat that gave him those intuitions.
"Tayshaun Prince is someone I've looked up too since I started playing ball seriously," Christopher said. "I always would see him when he would come home (from Kentucky) and we'd mix it up sometimes out on the court."
"He was much older than me, but that was never an issue for him. He treated everyone the same out on the court. He's always been a guy a lot of people look up too from around our area."
Christopher raised eyebrows of late when he de-committed to California and proudly proclaimed an open affinity to a school he has never seen, a state he has never even driven through and a coach he had never met at the time.
"I think I got their attention," Christopher said in reference to Tubby Smith and the coaching staff at Kentucky. "They've been watching me and keeping track of me. I hadn't heard much from them, but I think once they found out that I was really interested, they started looking at me a little harder."
"I had never really publicly said much about my interest because I was committed to Cal then," Christopher said. "I'm just glad I've been able to play well in some of these tournaments and showcases and start getting my name out there and get ready for college."
The California shooting guard/small forward has seen his stock rise since his de-commitment from the Bears.
"I'm a guy that can get it done on offense and defense," Christopher said. "I work hard on both sides of the floor and I understand my role as a scorer on this team. Sometimes, my role changes."
He says the decision to open things up was a hard one, but something he felt he had to do in order to have no regrets in regards to his college destination. It was not something Christopher felt was indicative of his character, which is of a 100% class individual.
"I committed early," Christopher told Scout.com. "I'm at the point now where I want to make 100% sure where I'm going to college. It's a big decision. So I decided to open it back up to see what else is out there and see what other offers are out there that I can get. I also want to get the whole experience of the recruiting process."
Oh, how things have changed.
Stay tuned for more coverage from Las Vegas as KSR's Steve John will get you caught up with the latest on Patrick Christopher and his recruitment with the University of Kentucky.