Get ready for a lot of these stories, because they will be coming a great deal over the coming weeks. Mike Decoursey is doing the Preseason All-American teams for the Sporting News and will have Patrick Patterson as a Preseason First-Team All American selection. In addition, he expects to have John Wall as a Second Team Preseason All American selection. This is reversed of the Jeff Goodman projections (which had Wall preseason Player of the Year and Patterson second team) but illustrates how big these two players will be nationally for the Cats.
On a personal level, I dont see how Patterson is not first team and I expect a HUGE year that will make him go down as one of the legends to wear the uniform. When you think modern UK legends, post-probation it really is Jamal Mashburn first and then a bit of a drop to a group that includes Tony Delk, Keith Bogans, Tayshaun Prince, Ron Mercer and Antonie Walker. Win a national championship this year (or maybe even a Final Four) and Patterson joins Mashburn in that elite group. I cant wait.