April 28, 2006

UK recruit gets surprise visitor at school

Patrick Patterson was sent to the principal's office Tuesday. That wouldn't normally qualify as news-most of us have taken that long walk ourselves. So you can imagine Patterson's relief when he learned he wasn't being punished as Tubby Smith greeted him at the door.

"I thought he took a wrong turn somewhere," joked Patterson.

Patterson (6-foot-8, 225) wasn't expecting Smith, but the Kentucky coach didn't intend to surprise him. Patterson didn't get the message that Smith was coming, and in turn he had a nervous trip down the hallway.

"I thought I was in trouble at first," said the Huntington, W.Va., star. "A (Kentucky) assistant coach text messaged me, but my phone was messed up and I didn't see it until after. I got called out of class and I was walking to the office and saw him standing there so I was pretty surprised."

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