ELDRIDGE: Patterson has long list

Patrick Patterson, a 6-foot-9 power forward, is among the rising stars in the 2007 class. Patterson, of Huntingon West Virginia, plays his high school ball for Huntington High, where he led them to the 2006 AAA State Championship.

Patrick Patterson, a 6-foot-9 power forward, is among the rising stars in the 2007 class. Patterson, of Huntingon West Virginia, plays his high school ball for Huntington High, where he led them to the 2006 AAA State Championship. This is Huntington's second consecutive state championship.

Patterson has major interest from several high major programs. Patterson lists West Virginia, Virginia, Virginia Tech, Wake Forest, Kentucky, Tennessee, and Florida as his major suiters. "I don't have a leader right now, they are all about the same," Patterson noted. The explosive power forward has the physical ability to help any program, with his presence and skills.

"I think my rebounding, post moves are my strengths. I also believe that I do well guarding the post," said Patterson. At 6-foot-9 225 pounds, he's the prototypical power forward for today's college game. Patterson averaged 16 points per game, 12 rebounds per game, and a whopping 5 blocked shots per game.

Patterson says he's looking forward to taking more unofficial visits. He has taken unofficials to Kentucky, Wake Forest, West Virginia, and Virginia Tech. Patterson says he's looking for a good coaching staff, a good basketball program, and good academics in whatever school he decides to attend. Patterson plans to major in Computer Business.

The four star power forward has a busy summer ahead of him. He's going to play his AAU ball with Boo Williams. He also plans to camp at Virginia and Florida. He also plans to participate in the Nike All American Camp and the NBA Players Association Camp. During his junior campaign, Patterson won the Bill Evans Award for best player in the state of West Virginia. The talented forwards recruitment looks to pick up even more as the AAU season and camps begin.


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