The Mustangs missed out on one of their biggest class of 2015 targets in four-star Lancaster (Tex.) forward Elijah Thomas, which is why Larry Brown and his staff continue to search for a formidable big to add to their upcoming class.
At 6-foot-8, 210-pounds, "A.J." Patty plays mostly the four, but can play the five some because of his athletic ability and length.
As a freshman, Patty averaged just 4.9 points and 3.7 rebounds per game while shooting 48.4 percent from the field over 34 games.
While his numbers don’t quite show it, Patty is a skilled post player according to his head coach Todd Franklin.
“I think the best aspect of his game right now is that AJ can really score the ball over both shoulders,” Franklin said. “He’s a guy that can score jump hooks, he’s good off of his right or left hand, so when he gets the ball down there in the post he’s fairly skilled.”
“He can step out and hit a three, and he likes to do that a little more than he should so we try to avoid that, but he can definitely do that.”
Franklin also said he expects Patty to take big strides heading into his sophomore season.
“He needs to have a big sophomore year,” Franklin said. “That’s what our guys usually do. Sophomore year they usually come on and that’s what we expect from AJ this year. It’s his time.”
Franklin said he has not spoken with the SMU coaching staff about Patty yet, and he is unsure if Patty has spoken with SMU, but Vincennes players do not sign until the spring so there is plenty of time for the Mustangs to make their sales pitch.
“We’re ranked number one in the country right now, I don’t know if that’s right or not, but we’re usually up there somewhere and so he’ll be one of those guys that if we have a year like we are capable of, I’m sure he’ll be a guy that commands some attention in the spring.”