NBA projection: Patterson has been projected in the second round-to-undrafted category.
Patterson earned second-team All-ACC honors and helped lead Pittsburgh back to the NCAA tournament by being one of the most versatile players in college basketball. He’s a good shooter, but equally adept as a set-up man.
Key statistics: 17.1 ppg, 4.9 rpg, 4.3 apg, 1.4 spg, 2.6 tpg, 32.6 mpg, .441 FG, .388 3PT, .754 FT
Cool statistic: Patterson is only the third player in Pitt history -- Carl Krauser and Brad Wanamaker are the others -- to rack up at least 1,000 points, 500 rebounds and 400 assists.
Reminds me of: Jimmy Butler
What Insiders Say
Pittsburgh coach Jamie Dixon
“He’s a better player now than he was last year and probably a better player than he was a few weeks ago. He’s always had skills, can pass and shoot. He’s just a better athlete and in better shape right now. That comes from physical maturity and mental maturity. He’s taken that challenge. We set a goal for him and he reached it. It’s been a battle and he’s gotten to it.”
What Outsiders Say
Stanford coach Johnny Dawkins
“He’s a big-time player. I always look at big-time players and what they do on big stages. … He’s a winner.”
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Pittsburgh's Lamar Patterson has several suitors as a potential second-round sleeper -- "that kid is good," one GM said -- though he may not be drafted. But Patterson puts some in mind of Jimmy Butler, taken with the last pick of the first round by Chicago in 2011, and who has become a valued member of the Bulls' rotation. Patterson handles the ball well, shoots decently and is a very good passer: "the ball's on a string when he has it," one college coach said. "He's good at the pick and roll, in the open floor. He makes really good decisions with the ball. He plays like a 10-year vet."