"You know, Duke is a great school," Patterson said Wednesday evening. "My dad has always been a Duke fan and they have a great tradition."
And now it's North Carolina's turn to get involved with the future McDonald's All-American. The 6-8, 234-pound power forward from Huntington (W.Va.) is beginning to hear from the Tar Heels.
This week he received a call from UNC's head coach.
"Yeah, they just started too," Patterson said. "Coach Roy Williams called me the other day and he was talking to me about how he was looking at me early in the spring, and now. [He said] that I'm a great player and he wants to start recruiting me."
"It's awesome and it's great that I have Duke and UNC after me," Patterson added.
While Wake Forest and Kentucky have been after him for a while, he said that he plans on giving Duke and North Carolina a full look to see what they have to offer.
Patterson said that he aims to make a decision in September.
At last week's Peach Jam, Patterson's Boo Williams squad went 5-1, as he averaged 10.0 points, 8.5 rebounds (5.0 off.) and 3.0 blocks.