Big-Time Big Man on Terp Radar

A big-name appears to have popped up, almost out of the blue, on Maryland's basketball recruiting list for 2007.

Five-star power forward Patrick Patterson, the No. 11 player in the Class of 2007 and perhaps the hottest commodity in the nation this summer, confirmed today that he is being recruited by the Terps and said Maryland is one of nine schools remaining on his list.

Maryland has been “in steady contact” with the 6-foot-8, 234-pound rising senior from Huntington, W.V., he said today. Patterson, who has seemingly become a target of every major program on the East Coast, added that he has spoken to head coach Gary Williams.

As it stands right now, he said, his list looks like this: Duke, Florida, Kentucky, Maryland, North Carolina, Virginia, Wake Forest and West Virginia. He said he doesn’t have any leaders, although he seems highly likely to make official visits to Florida and Kentucky. Duke has offered him a scholarship, while Carolina reportedly has not.

Patterson said he and good friend Jai Lucas, presumably Maryland’s No. 1 target in 2007, have talked about playing together at Maryland “a little bit, but I also have parts of my family up in D.C. and I like it there.”

Patterson, at this point, would seem to be something of a longshot for the Terps based on how heavily he’s being recruited by so many schools. But he said he is interested in finding out a little more about the program and possibly making a visit to College Park.

They do have time to make up ground, though, as he doesn’t plan to make a commitment until after basketball season is over.

 


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