This season could potentially be a massive one in terms of the legacy Patrick Patterson leaves in Lexington. Already beloved by the fans for his ferocity on the court and his compassion off, Patterson (his parents too) has become a legend and one of the most revered players in UK history. And, unlike the others, he doesn’t have the championships or Final Fours or memorable teams that have usually equated with being one of the greats. This season, though, has the potential to reward Patrick Patterson quite handsomely for the battles he’s fought the last two years and, as he tells Matt Jones’ new best friend, it’s a season that almost never happened:
“I never expected all of this to happen,” Patterson said. “I was close to leaving. When Coach Gillispie got fired and I heard that a couple of my teammates were going to lose their scholarship and there were all these people I didn’t know — DeMarcus Cousins, Eric [Bledsoe] and so forth coming in — I had no idea who they were. I had heard of them, but didn’t know them.”
But, as the Katz profile details, Patterson did return despite the NBA folks telling him that he’d go between 15 and 20 overall to pursue a degree. Now, he’s focused on being a leader and a go-to player for a team of high expecations, despite being somewhat still in the shadows. Last year Jodie Meeks stole the headlines and this year the freshmen class get’s all the pub. But, as usual, Patterson just keeps doing his thing. Overall, it’s an excellent piece by Katz and yet another cool read on a player we’re all going to miss after he leaves.
Sidenote: I love Patrick as much as anyone not named Buster or Tywanna, but you have to admit this is a funny line: “I’m probably the most humble person you’ve met.”