One of these days, I am going to get around to writing about my Favorite 25 players to ever wear the Blue and White. Here is a secret, Patterson is in my Top 5. From the day we met Patrick in Indy for the Nike Camp until the press conference today, Patrick Patterson has yet to be anything but the epitome of a workhorse on the court and class off the court. Today was no exception. Handling the media as he announced his desire to return to Lexington, he did nothing but impress, causing the entire Jones and Bruce law office to swoon as we watched the feed. Some highlights from the press conference:
— Patterson said that there were three main reasons he chose to come back. Those three factors were his desire to get a degree, win a national title and improve under Coach Calipari.
— Patterson mentioned that he did no NBA workouts and that he actually had no desire to do any. “If I did do workouts, it wouldnt do anything because I knew in my heart I wanted to come back for next year.”
— The NBA folks said he would be somewhere between 14-20 in the draft, essentially the same view the media was getting as well.”
— Patterson is beyond optimistic for next year saying, “with all the weapons we have coming in, we are competing for a national title.”
— When asked what he could improve on, Patterson sounded like an NBA scout, saying ball handling, footwork, foot speed and a jump shot.
— Patterson again and again spoke of his desire to remain a kid again in Lexington and noted that “going for the NBA wasnt in my heart.”
— There was a great exchange in the press conference in which he was asked about his communication with Jodie Meeks. He said Jodie found out he was coming back, asked Patrick if it was true by text message, Patrick said yes and Jodie said “good.” Brevity is obviously their strength.
— One interesting part of the press conference was Patterson’s answer to the question of what would have happened if Gillispie were still here. He said that he didnt know if he would have returned under the previous coach. He said that in the workouts after the end of the year, they “had fun like during the NIT” and he knew he wanted to return and play for the new regime.
All in all, a slam dunk performance by a rock of the UK basketball program. While we all wanted what was best for Patterson, I cant help but say that it is beyond exciting that Patterson will be in Blue next year. Can Midnight Madness get here tomorrow?