VAUGHT: Patterson's rehab going well

With all the heat and humidity in Kentucky, we all need a little something to help ease the stress and strain of summer. So for the Big Blue faithful, this could be some news to make the heat and humidity a little more bearable.

Sophomore Patrick Patterson's rehabilitation from his ankle injury continues to go well, according to his mother, Tywanna Patterson.

"All is going well here and Patrick's is healing well and right on track according to his surgeon," Tywanna Patterson said. "He is still working on his upper body and getting stronger and stronger every day."

His mother said he will have to wear the boot on his ankle about another three weeks and after that he can start putting gradual weight on the ankle.

"He is mentally sound, yet looking forward to the upcoming season and getting back out there on the court," she said.

Kentucky fans are looking forward to having him back as well. The stress fracture in his ankle that cut short his sensational freshman season apparently will not hinder his play during the 2008-09 season when he's going to have to play an even bigger role for coach Billy Gillispie's team.

But here is the part that Tywanna Patterson told me that I liked the best.

"He is still humble, yet very hungry to prove himself and I know he will be even better," she said. "I miss seeing him play, too."

We all miss seeing him play because of the heart and effort he put into every game. However, what's even more amazing is how humble he stayed and the work ethic he continues to have despite his star status. That's what makes him so rare and why knowing his rehab is going well is such good news for every UK basketball fan.

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