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6-8, 235-pound power forward Patrick Patterson finally made his official visit to the University of Virginia. UVa landed the fifth and final official visit from Patterson, a five-star recruit out of Huntington (W.V.). Coach Dave Leitao and company needed to impress and, after an outstanding win over Arizona, they appear to have done just that.
“I really enjoyed myself,” Patterson said of his visit to UVa. “The arena stood out the most. It was fun to see what it looked like finished. I saw it in the making and under construction. Overall, it was just a great visit. The atmosphere there was great. There was not an empty seat in the building for the game.”
Coach Dave Leitao had one simple message for Patterson at the beginning of the official visit.
“He said he really wanted me to hang out with the players. He wanted me to get to know them and to get a good feel for UVa,” Patterson said.
What did Patterson think of the players and the UVa school environment?
“Me and the players got along real well,” Patterson said. “Charlottesville was nice. I liked it.”
So where does UVa stand following the visit?
“They’ll be a team I seriously consider,” Patterson said of UVa. “Like Coach Leitao and Coach Seymour told me, I could help them with winning a championship. They have some good recruits coming in. Mike Scott, who played with me on Boo Williams’ AAU team, really likes it. Mustapha Farrakhan told me he was thinking about committing. Me and my family like Virginia. We have family in Maryland and North Carolina and Virginia, so the location is right there in the middle.”
Patterson plans on signing with a school in the spring. The next step is to narrow his list of schools and then to take unofficial visits to those particular programs before making a commitment. The six schools currently in the race for his signature are Duke, Florida, Kentucky, Virginia, Wake Forest...
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