West Virginia In Final Six

Patrick Patterson took a trip to West Virginia on Monday as part of his final round of visits to college campuses. Although it wasn't an official visit, that doesn't mean WVU isn't on his final list of schools.

"I went to West Virginia on Monday," Patterson said. "It wasn't one of my five official visits, but West Virginia is still one of the schools I am looking at."

Patterson lives close enough to WVU to make the trip without using one of his five officials, but indicates that the in-state school is still under consideration. During his visit, Patterson met members of the basketball team, toured parts of the campus, and met with President David Hardesty. He also got some time with head football coach Rich Rodriguez. Those meetings show the intensity with which the Mountaineer basketball program is recruiting the Huntington, W. Va. native. There's no doubt that Patterson is the top remaining prospect on this year's recruiting list, but WVU will have to fight off some of the top schools in the country for his commitment.

The Mountaineer coaching staff has been doing everything possible to land the in-state star. Coaches have paid in-home visits to Patterson and have remained in steady contact with the powerful frontcourt player. Patterson could help provide some of the strong inside play that West Virginia has lacked on its most recent teams, and would certainly contend for immediate playing time as a freshman.

Patterson, who has already visited Florida and Duke, has set his final official visits to Kentucky (10/13), Virginia (10/28) and Wake Forest (11/4). Following those trips, he hopes to make a decision.

"I want to sign during the early signing period, so that should be it for the visits," Patterson said. "My mom and dad are the only two people who I will be talking with to make my decision. They came with me to WVU, and we are all getting our own information on each of the visits. After they are done, we will compare all the schools and list their good and bad points, and then make a decision."

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