Get to Know Shawntez Patterson

Detroit Northwestern HS forward Shawntez Patterson committed to the Duquesne Dukes of the Atlantic 10 back in the early signing period in the fall. He has been working hard at his game and trying to get ready for this upcoming season. Come inside as I fill you in on why he chose Duquesne.

At 6'7 Shawntez Patterson is a forward with an exciting game which he will bring to Duquesne next year. Along with Patterson, point guard Eric Evans from Detroit Northwestern HS will join him as a Duquesne Duke. These guys have enjoyed playing together for a few years in High School and will continue to do so at the next level in the Atlantic 10 conference.

Patterson is currently trying to improve every aspect of his game in order to become a better player. "The strongest part of my game right now is my ability to run the floor, finish, and block shots," he said. "Currently I am not playing AAU basketball; I am just working out and practicing." He is just like many soon to be college freshman around the country who is anticipating the start of this upcoming season.

During his junior and senior seasons Patterson continued to develop his overall game. As a junior he averaged about 14 points and 8 rebounds per game. During his senior season he averaged 13 points and 10 rebounds a game. While on the AAU circuit in the past and during his senior season a handful of players really impressed Patterson. "I would say Keith Appling, Flenard Whitfield, Lawrence Bridges, and Daniel West."

"My main reason for picking Duquesne was the fact my High School coach Steve Hall and Duquesne coach Ron Everhart are really close to one another and they told me if I work hard on my game I can play at any level," he said. "After I took a couple of visits I saw how nice the campus was, plus they told me I would have a good chance at playing early in my career. Another reason was that there conference is on the rise with players that have and currently play in the NBA."

"I am looking forward to furthering my education, getting in better shape and stronger throughout my career at Duquesne," Patterson said. "Also I'm looking forward to getting a chance to play alongside Eric again the most because he makes you look really good with his ability to pass you the ball when you're in great position to score. The current team is now going threw a lot of changes with two players entering the draft, one transferring, and three seniors graduating, so Duquesne is in the process of rebuilding."

Some of his expectations entering next season are getting a chance to play, get better, and just do whatever my team needs me to do. Shawntez Patterson is a player with a lot of potential and the Atlantic 10 should be watching out for him in the years to come.

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