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While the UVa staff awaits the decision of one five-star recruit in Montverde Academy’s 7-1 center Solomon Alabi , they look forward to hosting another five-star recruit on an official visit next month. That player is Huntington (W.V.) star power forward recruit Patrick Patterson, who has now set four of his five official visits.
“About three weeks ago, I went to the University of Florida for my first official visit,” Patterson said. “This coming weekend, I take my second official and that will be to Duke University. On October 13th I go to Kentucky for Midnight Madness. At the end of October, I’ll go to Virginia. Somewhere in between [Kentucky and Virginia] I’ll go to Wake Forest. West Virginia is still in the mix, too.”
The 6-8, 235-pound prospect had a great time visiting last season’s National Champs.
“The atmosphere,” Patterson replied when asked what stood out about his official visit to Florida. “I like the overall sports they have there and how almost all the sports they have are highly ranked. The support from the fans and the students was great. It’s a family-type atmosphere with the basketball team – the players, the coaching staff and the families. My family enjoyed themselves with the coaching staff and I enjoyed myself with the players. And, the academics stood out.”
The Florida experience was a good starting point for Patterson, who claims no favorites at this point. He is intent on making all of his visits before making a commitment.
“I’m just really determined to make all my visits because each college will treat you the same way, they’ll wine-and-dine you and tell you everything you want to hear,” Patterson said. “I’m just trying to see how I fit in, what they have to offer in terms of academics, what the players do there on the court and at school and what other activities they do and where they hang out.”
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