Former UK great on Patterson

While he enjoys watching Kentucky play, there's one player former Wildcat Larry Stamper especially enjoys watching.

While he enjoys watching Kentucky play, there's one player former Wildcat Larry Stamper especially enjoys watching.

"Patrick Patterson is a great player. He is very athletic, a really strong player," Stamper said. "I think we may get to see him shine even more this year. The last couple of years he has kind of been out of position and has not had that much help around the basket.

"I think he is a true power forward and can shoot well enough from the outside. He won't be able to be double- and triple-teamed this year with some of the new players on the team that are there to help him and the type of offense that (John) Calipari will play."

Stamper believes Patterson would have fit in with players 25 or 30 years ago because of his work ethic.

"He just has that demeanor about him," Stamper said. "I love the touch he has around the basket. Everything is not just a dunk. He blocks out well, rebounds well."

Stamper says Patterson reminds him a "little bit" of Dan Issel, UK's all-time leading scorer. "At that time you couldn't dunk the basketball, so Issel learned to be a finesse player. Issel was probably bigger than Patterson body-wise, but Patterson is that type of player. They are both special," Stamper said.


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