Patrick Patterson Press Conference notes

Patterson said Wednesday that he knew many people, including his parents and the UK coaching staff, were surprised he made his decision without going through any workouts.

Patterson said Wednesday that he knew many people, including his parents and the UK coaching staff, were surprised he made his decision without going through any workouts.

"But I felt that even if I did the workouts it would not do anything. I knew in my heart I wanted to come back (to Kentucky)," Patterson said. "We had a couple of workouts set up, but I knew they would not prove anything to myself because I already knew I wanted to come back. I knew there wasn't any use wasting a team's or coach's time (by working out)."

Patterson admitted having the nation's No. 1 recruiting class joining him next season in Calipari's first year did influence his thinking as well.

"Looking at the team we can possibly have for next year with all the people coming in did make a difference," he said. "All the weapons we have coming in helped a lot. We will have the caliber of team that can compete for a national title.

"Hopefully Jodie (Meeks) will be back, too. With the chemistry we have and can build on, we can make a run (at a national title) for Kentucky."

Patterson dodged a direct answer about what decision he might have made if Billy Gillispie was still coaching Kentucky instead of being fired with four years remaining on his contract after the Wildcats lost in the NIT in March.

"I don't know. I can't answer that," Patterson said when asked about the impact of the coaching change. "There is a coaching change, so I don't have to answer."

Patrick Patterson didn't need any evaluation from NBA personnel to make his decision about whether to leave Kentucky.

The Kentucky junior did not talk to any former NBA players or work out for any teams before deciding to take his name out of the NBA draft and return to Kentucky.

"My parents were saying do what you want to do. We are behind you. Tell us what you are thinking and we will be 100 percent behind you," said Patterson. "Later I told them I wanted to come back and going to the NBA was not in my heart. My heart was at Kentucky."


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