Lost at times in the John Wall lovefest and the Demarcus Cousins banter is the fact that Patrick Patterson is having another great season for the Cats. Patterson (or as the world now calls him, “Black Kool-Aid”) has improved his game on every level and quietly racks up points and rebounds every game that will put him on All-American teams at the end of the season. At the end of every game, I look at the box score and always see Patterson with 16-19 points, 7-10 rebounds and production throughout the game. Combine that with the fact that he is the leader of the team and all the Freshmen point to him as a role model in terms of work ethic and experience, and the Patterson factor cannot be lost on the success the Cats have had so far.
And people are now starting to recognize it. During halftime of the Oklahoma-Oklahoma State “Beast” game, ESPN looked at the Patterson improvement in a special feature. It was a good look at how Patterson’s outside game and his ability to hit the perimeter jumper has not only helped his stock, but has also given John Wall and Boogie the ability to showcase their talent by clearing out the lane. Hubert Davis even called Patterson the key to this team’s success. If anyone has that video, let me know as I would like to put it on here, but even if you cant see it, know that Patrick was getting the praise he so richly deserves.
Pat is an all-timer for me at UK and I think we will one day see his jersey in the rafters at Rupp.
Here is a relatively new Patrick Patterson Mixtape that has some good stuff in it, but the language is definitely salty, so you may want to turn the music down if you are at work: