May 16, 2007

Patterson cites distance in UK choice

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Patrick Patterson cited distance as what he called "the X factor" in his decision Wednesday to play basketball for Kentucky over Florida and Duke.

During a press conference, Patterson said, "distance was the deciding factor. I wanted to be where people could come see me play."

Patterson selected Kentucky over Florida and Duke at a heavily attended press conference at Huntington (W.Va.) High School late Wednesday afternoon, the last day of the spring signing period. After more than a year of wrestling with the decision, Patterson ultimately chose to stay close to home and take advantage of a major hole in UK's frontcourt for the next few seasons.


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