WV Power Forward holds Pitt offer

University of Pittsburgh Head Coach Basketball Coach Jamie Dixon will have to replace a number of big men after the 2006 season including center Aaron Gray and power forward Levon Kendall. It appears the Panthers are pursing a blue-chip prosect from the state of West Virginia. Read on for details.

"I have a number of scholarship offers including Florida, Wake Forest, Pittsburgh, West Virginia, Tennessee, Virginia, Virginia Tech and Kentucky," stated power forward Patrick Patterson (6-foot-9 inches, 225 pounds) from Huntington High School in Huntington, WV. "I have gone back and forth with some favorite schools, but I'm wide open for the most part.

Patterson averaged 16 points and 13 rebounds a game as a junior. Scout.com ranks him a "five star" prospect and the 8th ranked power forward in the nation.

"Coach (Orlando) Antigua is the main Pitt coach I have been in contact with. He seems like a good guy. I plan to take five official visits. Three of them will be Wake Forest, Kentucky and Florida. Pitt is fairy close to home and they play in the Big East. I'm considering them for one of the trips."

Patrick was named West Virgina Player of the Year after a junior season in which he averaged 14.5 points, 11 rebounds and 4.4 blocked shots per contest. He became the first junior to win the award since NFL star Randy Moss in 1994. As a sophomore, Patterson averaged 12.5 points, 11.3 boards and 4.6 blocks, finishing third in player of the year balloting.

"I'm a physical player and I believe I would fit in well in the Big East. I'm a strong rebounder and shot blocker with a good mid-range jump shot."

"I have watched Pitt play on television. They seem to have a similar system and style to the one I play at my high school. It wouldn't take me long to fit in there. Coach (Jamie) Dixon is young and seems like he would great to play for."

Harry G. Psaros can be contacted at harrypsaros@msn.com.

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