Patrick Patterson is about to make his dreams come true and become a very rich young man. Its only a few days away now, and it is interesting to hear his thoughts as the day approaches. He is doing an NBA Draft Diary for SI.com and his first entry went up today. Below is the relevant part about Kentucky and you can read the rest of the diary at the link above:
Once I decided to go pro, the last few days in Lexington were tough for me. Walking around campus, all the students and fans would ask me “Are you sure you want to leave?” It was surreal. One day I was getting into my car and I turned around and these two girls were standing right behind me. They were wearing homemade T-shirts; one of them said: “Our PP is bigger than yours.” I thought it was funny so I agreed to take a picture with them. Next thing I know, a whole mob of people swarmed around me, all wearing shirts with my name on the front. They started chanting my name, taking pictures, it was wild. There was even a baby with a mini-version of one of the T-shirts. I’m just going to miss being loved by all the fans. Then again, I won’t miss the 8 a.m. classes and long hours in study hall.Last year I thought about the NBA, but I decided to come back because I just didn’t feel like I was ready. Jodie Meeks was my roommate and he really tried to get me to go. Right around that time the NBA playoffs were going on, and I watched the Boston-Chicago series that went seven games. That’s when I thought, “I’m not ready.” I had hardly played on the perimeter and knew I needed to get better. That and knowing John Wall, Eric Bledsoe, DeMarcus Cousins were coming in to UK helped me make up my mind to come back.