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BTI’s Rants and Ramblings: Jersey Week (Forwards: Mike Pratt vs. Patrick Patterson)


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It’s JERSEY WEEK here at KSR as there really isn’t much else going on in the world of UK athletics.  So each day this week I release 2 names of players that would be under consideration for jersey retirement at the school but not obvious slam dunks.  Guys who have had vastly different careers for a variety of reasons but each made their mark on the program.  Here were the results from the first 2 days:


Today we move on to the FORWARDS.  And for the first time I go back decades for one of the players, although he also has a present day impact on the program.  And the other is a guy fresh on our minds.  I present Mike Pratt vs. Patrick Patterson.  Now while you might believe that both guys deserve to be in the rafters at Rupp Arena, that is not the question for this post.  The question is which is MOST DESERVING.  A quick breakdown of the 2 guys careers:

PATRICK PATTERSON (2007-10)
Points: 1,564 (13th all-time)
Rebounds: 791 (13th all-time)
Blocks: 152 (9th all-time)
-3-time All-SEC, 2-time All-SEC 1st team
-14th overall NBA Draft Pick

TEAM RESULTS
2007-08: 18-13 (NCAA 1st Round)
2008-09: 22-14 (NIT)
2009-10: 35-3 (Elite 8, SEC Champions, SEC Tournament Champions)

MIKE PRATT (1967-70)
Points: 1,359 (26th all-time)
Rebounds: 718 (22nd all-time)
-2-time All-SEC

TEAM RESULTS
1967-68: 22-5 (Elite 8, SEC Champions)
1968-69: 23-5 (Sweet 16, SEC Champions)
1969-70: 26-2 (Elite 8, SEC Champions)

MY TAKE
This is what makes this discussion tricky.  How much do you take into account Pratt’s part of the radio broadcast team for years?  Should that play a role in his consideration for this honor over Patterson?  Because Patterson has better stats than Pratt in every area and both played 3 years.  Pratt’s teams had better overall success but neither made a Final 4.  I think of the 3 polls I have done so far, this is the one I struggled with the most.  Both guys are deserving but I don’t think either is a slam dunk.  I could understand people who would argue either way.

But my gut says the combination of good-great career plus his impact in the broadcast booth gives Pratt a slight edge and he would get my pick.  If Patterson gets to the Final Four in 2010 I might change my tune.  Plus he was a part of 2 pretty mediocre teams, albeit under Billy Gillispie.  Not saying Patterson shouldn’t eventually get there, and I think he probably will, but if forced to choose which one gets there first, I go with Pratt.  Make your vote below:


Article written by Bryan the Intern

2 responses to “BTI’s Rants and Ramblings: Jersey Week (Forwards: Mike Pratt vs. Patrick Patterson)”

  1. ClutchCargo

    I have to go with Patterson on this one. If we don’t handicap him by factoring in too heavily that he played on some awful teams under BCG, he looks even greater as a player in his time here.

  2. runningunnin.454

    This is really not a fair contest…I bet not many fans out there remember Mike Pratt.
    He didn’t score much because Issel was the go to guy.