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Almost with each performance, 6-8, 235-pound power forward prospect Patrick Patterson has seen his stock rise over the course of the 2006 AAU/Camp circuit. The Huntington (W.V.) star earned MVP honors at this past weekend’s NBPA Top 100 camp – which boasted the top 100 players across the country – and could see his stock go even higher as a result.
“It means a lot to me,” Patterson said of being named MVP of the NBPA camp. “Me and my teammates won the tournament there and I got the trophy for MVP. That meant a lot. It is a great reward to get.”
Patterson combines outstanding size and strength and projects as a pure power forward in college. A solid defender and rebounder heading into the circuit, he has added a consistent shot (he says from 20 feet on in) and is gaining confidence on the offensive end.
“Mostly, my confidence has improved a lot just from playing against the higher level of competition and working out a lot more,” Patterson said. “I’ve been talking to a lot more people and my confidence in myself has gone up. I’m confident in my ability to perform at a top level with top basketball players.”
Patterson earned Bill Evans Player of the Year – an award given annually to the top high school basketball player in the state of West Virginia – in his junior season in 2005/2006. He averaged 16 points, 11 rebounds and 4 blocks per game in leading Huntington to a state title.
Florida, Kentucky, Tennessee, Virginia, Virginia Tech, West Virginia and Wake Forest are among the schools that offered Patterson early. Recently, Duke has started to show some interest as well but has not yet offered.
“It blows me away,” Patterson said of Duke starting to show interest. “Last year, I really wasn’t all that seen. But this year, a team like Duke comes in and starts recruiting me. It’s great.”
Patterson provided a timeline for narrowing down his long list of schools.
“I plan to narrow it down to five or six schools...
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