Patterson watches from the sidelines

Patrick Patterson says most days are the same for him now as he talks to doctors to see what needs to be done for the stress fracture in his left ankle that ended his season with three games left in the regular season.

Patrick Patterson says most days are the same for him now as he talks to doctors to see what needs to be done for the stress fracture in his left ankle that ended his season with three games left in the regular season.

"We are going to figure out when to have the surgery and take it from there. There is no doubt about the surgery. They are saying that is the best thing to do. We want to talk to as many doctors as we can to see which option will be better, but right now they are saying surgery is probably the best option," Patterson said.

"It is a real straight forwad, easy surgery. They said it would be quick and easy. I will be out for a couple of months, but I will be back in June to start my rehab. I will be off my feet for a while, but they said it is an easy injury to fix."

Patterson still has no idea when or how he hurt the ankle.

"Since my ankle started hurting me, we just treated it like a regular ankle sprain. The trainers knew I had ankle problems. We iced it every day and did some rehab for it and tried to strengthen it and did a bunch of things for my ankle to try and make it better. We just figured it was an ankle sprain because they knew I had weak ankles. Then one day we decided to go and get an X-ray to check it and it showed up," he said. "But that still doesn't tell anyone when it happened."

He says it is hard to sit and watch Kentucky play.

"And not just for me, but for my teammates as well. They know I want to be out there, especially with Joe and Ramel because this is their last year," Patterson said. "I really wanted to play with them and help them win.

" I am still trying to help my teammates any way I can, but it is tough to have to sit on the bench. I am just doing my part. Coach wants me to be the best cheerleader out there and also be a coach out there. If I see anything that can help the big men, I talk to them about their advantages out there."

At practice, he's almost like a manager at times instead of one of the best freshmen in the country.

"I am at practice doing the same stuff managers do. I am getting rebounds, doing drills, just helping teammates, coaching them up. I can't shoot. I can't dribble on my left foot. I am just limited in what I can do, so I help the managers," Patterson said.

Patterson has come to terms with his first major injury.

"I wouldn't say it is scary. It was just more something I thought would never happen to me. I know it happens to athletes across the world, but I never thought getting hurt would happen to me," Patterson said. "But I have accepted it because I know soon everything will be fine again."


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