He probably has the best overall attitude of any player I have seen play or played with. Sam Bowie and Kyle Macy were two guys I knew very well and they had great attitudes. They had that aura about them that they were natural born leaders and they also carried themselves in the media room and off the court well just like Patrick does.
I think he can accept a role where he is not scoring as many points, especially if he is getting the help to improve his game and I think his ballhandling and outside shot will get a chance to develop. The most important thing, though, is that they will win a lot. When you win, that cures all the other problems that players might have. When you win, everybody is happy.
I know some players can say that and not mean, but not Patrick. I have been around him now for a couple of years and he is blessed with great parents that keep him humble. I love the fans that the fans say about him. Everybody you talk to, you can't find anybody that says a bad thing about Patrick Patterson. And you can't because he plays hard, he practices hard, he does and says all the right things. I thought he was more mature than the coach and some of the other people last year in the way he handled things.
He didn't play in the NCAA Tournament his freshman year because of the ankle injury and last year they had a bad season and didn't make it. He has had a great career here at UK, but he understands the history and tradition of UK basketball. I think the main reason why he came back was to have a more secure spot in UK's history because up to now he has not even played in the NCAA Tournament and I think that is very important to him.
KENNY WALKER: Patterson will accept winning
AllWildcats Top Stories
RECAP: NORTH CAROLINA 75, KENTUCKY 73UK's season ends in heartbreak fashion after late rally.
AllWildcatsSunday at 3:18 PM
Cats-Heels II: Mayhem in MemphisBoth UK, UNC believe they have improved since 103-100 game in Las Vegas.
AllWildcatsSaturday at 9:25 PM
GALLERY: Kentucky vs. UCLAOur AW photo gallery puts you courtside for the Cats' big win over UCLA.
AllWildcatsSaturday at 2:20 AM
RECAP: No. 5 KENTUCKY 86, No. 8 UCLA 75NCAA Tournament freshman scoring record helps Cats advance to Elite Eight matchup with North Carolina.
AllWildcatsFriday at 5:55 PM
Calipari, Stoops Sign ExtensionsDeals will extend Stoops through 2022, Calipari through 2024.
AllWildcatsWednesday at 12:05 PM