Posted on: April 23, 2010 3:40 pm
Patrick Patterson finally announced, on his own terms, that he's leaving Kentucky on Friday.
I'd love to know when his "50-50" mind shifted.
Of course, the truth is that he was never 50-50 and that he was always leaving, which is why Kentucky announced weeks ago that he was, you know, leaving -- along with John Wall, DeMarcus Cousins, Daniel Orton and Eric Bledsoe -- to pursue a professional career. So why did Patterson dispute that announcement and insist he remained undecided? Presumably because he wanted his own press conference, which is only strange if you forgot how his commitment to Kentucky was similarly drawn out.
Have the press conference.
What do I care?
But Patterson and his mother should realize they're the only ones who needed it.
Posted on: April 7, 2010 7:06 pm
Kentucky's John Wall, DeMarcus Cousins, Patrick Patterson, Daniel Orton and Eric Bledsoe are all, as expected, declaring for the NBA Draft, school officials announced Wednesday.
All five players are projected first-round picks.
Wall will likely go No. 1 overall.
Cousins and Patterson should both join him in the lottery.
Kentucky finished 35-3 this season.
The Wildcats lost to West Virginia in the Elite Eight.
Posted on: October 19, 2009 6:01 pm
Edited on: October 19, 2009 10:35 pm
The SEC media poll and preseason awards have been released.
Kentucky is picked to win the league.
John Wall was voted Second Team All-SEC.
In fairness, Wall actually finished second to teammate Patrick Patterson in the Preseason Player of the Year race with six votes, so five people besides me on the 25-person panel voted him that way. And yet Wall still somehow ended up Second Team All-SEC, which is crazy, and you'll see why in time, I'm certain. Speaking of, I have a friend who watched Kentucky practice recently. When it was over, he sent the following text: "Just done watching UK practice. Wow. John is incredible. Most vocal and best leader they have. "
So take that for what it's worth.
Anyway, the SEC Media Poll results are as follows:
(Click this link to view the ballot I turned in last week.)
SEC CHAMPION: Kentucky
SEC PLAYER OF THE YEAR: Patrick Patterson
-- EASTERN DIVISION --
4. South Carolina
-- WESTERN DIVISION --
1. Mississippi State
2. Ole Miss
-- FIRST TEAM ALL-SEC --
G: Devan Downey (South Carolina
G: Terrico White (Ole Miss)
F: Tyler Smith (Tennessee)
F: Patrick Patterson (Kentucky)
F: Jarvis Varnado (Mississippi State)
-- SECOND TEAM ALL-SEC --
G: John Wall (Kentucky)
G: Chris Warren (Ole Miss)
G: DeWayne Reed (Auburn)
F: Tasmin Mitchell (LSU)
C: A.J. Ogilvy (Vanderbilt)
Posted on: May 8, 2009 5:29 pm
Edited on: May 8, 2009 5:31 pm
Patrick Patterson is withdrawing from the NBA Draft to return to Kentucky for his junior season, sources told CBSSports.com on Friday.
School officials have now confirmed the news.
“In the month that I’ve been at Kentucky, I’ve been blown away by Patrick Patterson,” said first-year coach John Calipari. “He is one of the nicest individuals I’ve met and one of the fiercest competitors that I’ve been around. I’m thrilled I get to coach him next year.”
Patterson averaged 17.9 points and 9.3 rebounds this past season, and his return to the UK frontcourt will allow Calipari to work with a roster that should be favored to win the SEC even if the Wildcats don't have Jodie Meeks (still undecided on his future) or John Wall (still uncommitted). On the other hand, if Calipari lures Meeks back to school and then enrolls Wall, there will be no ceiling on what can be accomplished, and Kentucky would likely steal some first-place preseason votes from Kansas and be among the favorites to win the national title.
Meeks has until June 15 to withdraw from the NBA Draft.
Wall is still considering many schools -- among them Kentucky, Duke, Miami and Florida.
Posted on: February 29, 2008 5:28 pm
Remember what I wrote about Kentucky being on the verge of making the NCAA Tournament?
I'd like to take it all back, if you don't mind.
Because it's a longshot at best (a hopeless proposition at worst) now that Patrick Patterson is out with a stress fracture in his left ankle. The injury means Kentucky will play the rest of the season -- including Sunday at Tennessee -- without its second-leading scorer and leading rebounder. And if you're wondering how that team might do you should probably look at the box score from the Wildcats' game at Houston two months ago, when they had to play without Patterson.
Final score: Houston 83, Kentucky 69.
And that's not a good Houston team, mind you.
That's a Houston team whose next best win is a victory over a UTEP team that is just 7-6 in Conference USA. So if that Houston team can beat Kentucky sans Patterson by 14 points it's scary to think what a Tennessee team that is ranked No. 1 in the country might do to the Wildcats.
But that's not the point I'm trying to make.
The point I'm trying to make is that this is just awful -- for Patterson as a player, Billy Gillispie as a coach, Kentucky as a program and UK fans as a group. It's usually difficult to find sympathy for powerhouses, and in college basketball there is no greater powerhouse than the folks that call Rupp Arena home. But this development is a kick to the stomach that comes just when UK fans' stomachs were starting to settle after that unsettling 7-9 start. The NCAA Tournament seemed within reach 24 hours ago, seemed like a realistic proposition. But Patterson's injury has ripped away any realistic hope that Kentucky can finish where it wants to finish, and that seems grossly unfair ... even for a powerhouse.