Patterson chooses Kentucky

One of the most publicized recruitments in recent years has finally come to the end. Patrick Patterson announced his decision at a press conference this afternoon and in typical Patterson fashion, surprised most with his decision.

"In the fall of 2007 the college I'm going to be attending is the University of Kentucky," Patterson said.

Originally Patterson was looking at Kentucky, Florida, Duke, West Virginia, Virginia and Wake Forest, but recently cut his list to the Wildcats, Gators and Blue Devils. The Cats got the final nod and distance played a major role.

"That was the pretty much the X factor," he said. "The deciding factor in the process was distance and I thought about that a lot. I really didn't want to make my family go all the way out to Jacksonville when I could stay close to home and they could see me play.

"I love my family. I love spending time with my mom and dad and I wanted to be as close to them as possible."

In the final days 6-foot-8, 235-pound BF swayed back and forth between Kentucky and Florida. Many thought that Jai Lucas' recent commitment to the Gators would seal the deal, however, Patterson had prospects coming at him from two different sides.

"All day today Jai Lucas, who signed with Florida, was calling me trying to convince me to go to Florida. Alex Legion and A.J. Stewart were trying to get me to come to Kentucky. I was getting stuff from them back and forth every day.

Coach Billy Gillispie picked up his second top 50 recruit since his arrival at the University of Kentucky. Patterson and Legion will join Mike Williams and Stewart to round out Kentucky's 2007 recruiting class.

The Huntington (WV) High standout already has high hopes for the Cats next season.

"Just to have a successful freshmen year, make the SEC tournament and hopefully win the SEC tournament then win a national championship."

Patterson averaged 17 points, 12 rebounds and four block shots per game last season for the 3-A state champs.

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