After an amazing freshman season in which Patrick Patterson averaged a double double, the powerfully built 4-man suffered a stress fracture that required surgery and prevented him from playing in the NCAA tournament.
Slow to recover over the following summer and early into his sophomore season, it appeared he never got back on track in 2008-09 relative to expectations. Many of the UK faithful were concerned his injury had not healed after he was beaten up and humiliated in a devastating loss to South Carolina in February.
After the debacle that was the ‘08-‘09 season, many expected him to enter the NBA draft. But Patterson pulled his name from the draft ranks when it was announced that Calipari would be UK’s new coach. With the horror of last season behind him and the players Calipari has brought to town, many college hoops pundits expect big things from Patterson in the coming season.
Spending the summer working out in California along with incoming recruit Daniel Orton, Patterson is healthy and ready to make a huge impact. Calipari has already openly commented about Patterson’s ability to face up and hit the elbow extended jumpshot that is a staple of the dribble drive offense.
With the assortment of athleticism and skill UK will possess this season, it would not surprise the BBLD if Patterson’s numbers fail to improve. Due to his unselfish nature and great passing ability, we don’t think PP will put up a POY type of season. But that being said, with the win total expected to rise dramatically, a first-team All-American season is certainly within his reach.go back