One of the highest rising players in the class of 2007 is power forward Patrick Patterson.
After dominating at the Nike All American Camp in Indianapolis several days ago, Patterson described his performance at the recent Peach Jam as "okay." "I played okay, I could have played better," Patterson said. "I could have made more shots, rebounded more, and helped out my teammates more," Patterson continued.
A lot has been made of the relationship between Jai Lucas and Patterson. When asked about Lucas, Patterson gave a glowing report. "I like Jai", he said. "He's a great basketball player and I think he's one of the best point guards out there," stated Patterson. "I like playing with him, I like the way he feeds the post," continued Patterson.
The powerful big man says that he's improved his jumpshot most this summer. Many reports have stated that he has been consistantly making the 15 foot jumpshot. If Patterson can add that jumpshot to his repertoire of low post moves, he can take his game to another level. There are many high major programs taking a long look at Patterson.
Patterson has listed several schools in the past, including Kentucky, Wake Forest, Virginia, Florida, and more recently Duke. North Carolina has recently gotten involved in his recruitment as well. Patterson was surprised to hear that Duke and North Carolina wanted to get involved in his recruitment. But when asked about favorites, Patterson stated, "I have no favorites."
Patterson says the relationship with the coaching staff is one of the most important factors in making his choice on which school to attend. That may sound good to schools that have been involved longest, but will longevity play a role in Patterson's recruitment? "Maybe, but I'm not sure about longevity," said Patterson.
There has also been talk that Patterson may be swayed away from one school or another by the commitment of another similar player. Patterson says that's not the case. "It wouldn't push me away," said Patterson. He continued, "It would be a challenge to compete with a person of the same size, and it would make me work harder."
Patterson says he currently has no timetable for his decision.
Patterson discusses his recruitment
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