Patterson No Stranger to Hard Work

He's been named preseason all-conference. Numerous publications list him as a possible All-American candidate. Many believe that the Wildcats will go only as far as Patterson can carry them on his young shoulders. Patrick Patterson knows it's a challenge, but the hard work isn't anything new.

He's been named preseason all-conference. Numerous publications list him as a possible All-American candidate. Many believe that the Wildcats will go only as far as Patterson can carry them on his young shoulders. Patrick Patterson knows it's a challenge, but the hard work isn't anything new.

Patterson's not like a lot of the young people his age. He knows the value of hard work and discipline. "I had chores at home. I did the dishes, took out the trash, and vacuumed," said Patterson. "I was one of the only kids my senior year who had a curfew. It was 10 o'clock," said Patterson.

Patterson's mother and father, a former Navy man, instilled discipline in his son and it has paid off in a big way. That discipline has translated from his every day life to his life on the court. "You are supposed to play 110 percent," said Patterson. "Coach Gillispie instills that in all of us. That's what all my coaches and my family established."

They also established into Patrick the way to carry himself on the court. A self-described ‘old school' player, Patterson lets his game do the talking. "It's a matter of how you carry yourself on the court, not showboating. Two points is two points. I play like the old school style. My parents put that in me. I learned by watching old games and old school players," said Patterson. "Guys like Hakeem Olajuwon and Moses Malone," he continued.

Patterson was an instant celebrity when he stepped on campus at Kentucky. Even with all the fanfare, he hasn't let his status go to his head. "I knew I was a role model when kids would tell me they wanted to be like me," said Patterson. "I don't mind people walking up to me and introducing themselves. I don't mind kids coming to me for autographs in restaurants," said Patterson. "I expected UK to be a basketball nation. I expected the fans to be die-hard fans," he continued.

Still even though Patterson's away from home, the discipline from his parents has yet to end. "I got a tattoo on my chest, a quote from Martin Luther King," said Patterson. "My dad told me not to get it. He was helping me move this spring and he saw it," said Patterson with a sly smile.

When asked how that worked out Patterson responded with a smile, "It wasn't pretty."


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