Chasity Patterson, the top-ranked point guard out of the class of 2017 and fourth-ranked player overall, is transferring to Kentucky from the University of Texas.
Patterson was the Preseason Big 12 Freshman Player of the Year last season and will be forced to sit out the remainder of this season along with the fall semester of 2019. Patterson will be able to practice and play with the team following that holiday break.
The five-foot-five guard averaged only 7.6 minutes and 2.8 points per game during her freshman season at Texas and appeared in only one game this season before requesting a transfer back in early November.
“We are extremely excited to welcome Chasity Patterson to our program and cannot wait to get her on campus,” UK head coach Matthew Mitchell said. “Chasity is an athletic guard with incredible play-making abilities on both ends of the court. She’s a high-energy player who possess a winning pedigree having won 125 games in high school. Chasity fits our system perfectly and when you couple that with the opportunity to compete at the highest level here at Kentucky, it was a perfect match. We are confident that her experience will be a valuable asset to our team.”
Kentucky has become somewhat of a hotbed for transfers in the last year, as coach Mitchell currently has four players that have previously transferred, two of them sitting out this season as required by the NCAA. Patterson will add to that list and should be a key addition moving forward as the starting backcourt of Maci Morris and Taylor Murray will both graduate at year’s end.
Rhyne Howard and Blair Green are the two players of the future for UK Hoops but bringing in a high-level prospect to solidify the point guard position for the next couple of years is a big-time win for the team.