April 13, 2006

New schools enter the mix for Patterson

One of the top targets on Virginia's radar in the class of 2007 is standout power forward Patrick Patterson. The 6-foot-8, 225-pounder from Huntington, W.Va., exploded onto the national scene last weekend at the Boo Williams Invitational, as he helped lead the host team to the championship, while earning all-tournament honors in the process. As expected, more schools are now trying to jump into the mix for Patterson.

Currently, Rivals.com has Patterson ranked as the No. 72 player in the class of 2007, but that number could be on the rise if he continues to play as well as he did last weekend.

Patterson was a force at both ends of the floor, and left scouts impressed.

Last year, Patterson played with the East Coast Scholars AAU squad, but this season he is playing with perennial power Boo Williams. How did that move come about?

"Coach (Steve) Seymour, the assistant coach at Virginia, talked to me about it and then introduced my parents to Boo," Patterson said. "I went down there for a practice and we decided that we wanted to play with them."

The move appears to have been a good one for Patterson and Boo Williams' AAU team, and the talented post player will now get a chance to play in the best tournaments in the country this spring and summer.

"Next week we go to the Kingwood Classic in Houston and then to Austin, Texas," said Patterson, who led his team to a second consecutive state title this past season. "After that we go to Charlottesville for the Southern Invitational and then have two tournaments in Florida.

"It's good because I'll get a chance to prove myself and play against bigger and better guys."

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