Patrick Patterson and his Huntington (W.Va.) teammates rolled in to Lexington at UK's Memorial Coliseum to play a game against Lexington Catholic and put on a show that most high school big men would envy. They rolled out with a 97-64 victory.
Kentucky coach Tubby Smith was on hand along with 6,213 other fans to watch the shellacking administered the home town folk.
Patterson's game can be summed up in one sequence. Huntington was on the break, the pass is kicked to the corner, then dished to O.J. Mayo, who touch passed the ball high in the air to a trailing Patterson gliding in the air and he made a controlled one-hand straight away bank shot off the glass – a thing of beauty! One of the more impressive things in his game is when he rebounds the ball he spins in the air and the ball's gone the other way. The fast break is half over at that point. To sum up his physicality, the 6-foot-9, and conservatively listed 230-pounds is a boy in a man's body.
"I think I played pretty well but I could've performed a little bit better," Patterson, who posted a double-double 16 points and 10 rebounds, said. "The atmosphere was crazy, I knew it would be because I talked to a couple UK fans that would be at the game and they told me that it would be."
Patterson said he planned to make his college choice around March 3 and sign in April. "I've still got my six colleges Duke, Florida, Wake (Forrest), Virginia, West Virginia, and Kentucky." He said he hadn't planned any unofficial visits other than the fact he would be at the Kentucky – Miss State game that night.
He was asked what some to the factors would be in making a decision of what school he would attend. "Chemistry with the team, coaching staff, how well I like the city and the activities to do there, how well I can fit in, academics, and my family feeling the same way.
"Some schools jump out at me, like when I took my first visit to Florida then I compare everything to Florida." He said certain things standout at different schools and that's how he went about compiling his list of schools.
At one time in the recruiting process, Patterson said the stability of the coaching staff would be a factor. This was a curious statement but he cleared it up. He said that each school on his list has a good staff and a good head coach and he was talking about some that he eliminated.
One thing that he made clear was that he didn't have any great admiration for the Duke arena. He said he knows it is a historic arena but it's an old type of look is not particular attractive to him. "I'm not a big city type of person like Kentucky has 21,000 students and like Wake has 10,000."
The Huntington, West Virginia Highlanders are due back in Lexington at the Memorial Coliseum on February 2 and advanced tickets can be purchased at Whitaker Banks in Lexington and Georgetown.
Patterson on display for fans
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