Patterson Ready For Draft Night
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Mike Ulmer - Raptors.com
June 17, 2010
I have seen the future.
By now, the annual audition that is the NBA’s draft eligible workouts has become a campaign of attrition.
Players are on their nine or tenth workout. Achy hips, backs and knees, make assessing a prospect, a chancy endeavor from the get go, harder still.
Still, teams are not unarmed. Each team has a database of information on every eligible player and the list of scouting reports is nearly as tall as the auditioning players.
No, the final days are increasingly not so much about what the players did but about what they said. The always important interview takes on a new importance. How a young man walks, speaks and listens, will never matter more than they do now.
With that in mind, consider these two names: Patrick Patterson, a six-foot nine 240 pounder from Kentucky and Xavier Henry, a six-foot seven guard.
The field also included Kentucky guard Eric Bledsoe, Fresno State forward Paul George and Marshall forward Tyler Wilkerson as well as French guard Thomas Huertel.
But Patterson, a six-foot-nine junior from Huntington West Virginia, pleaded his case with such clarity and common sense that ignoring his smarts and ease would be impossible.
His Kentucky teammate John Wall, Evan Turner, Derrick Favors, Wesley Johnson, Greg Monroe and DeMarcus Cousins will tie up the first portion of the opening round. After that, Patterson said, the fun starts.
“The top five, you can name them. After that, it’s anybody’s game, anybody’s shot. Each team has so many different needs and there are so many great players out there.”
But Patterson said the flush after five is a mixed bag.
“I definitely think it’s a good thing because we have so many good players who can make an impact on each and every team in a different way.”
Patterson was asked if he was frustrated because he had to limit his minutes because of the strength of the Wildcats’ roster.
“No, know at all. I feel like I’m such a much better player now and I had an overall great experience. My reason for returning isn’t overshadowed by people saying that. I’m definitely satisfied that I stayed. I feel like I’m a better person and a better player.”
Equally dazzling was Henry, a two-guard whose ‘one and done season’ season came at Kansas.
“I don’t know where I am going to go, but I have been hearing good things and I think wherever I end up, that’s where I am supposed to be,” he said.
The process, Henry smiled, was really about the fickle nature of love
“You never know if they (a team) will fall in love with a player two days after you. You just have to go as hard as you can as often as you can. You’ve got to hope some teams will stay in love with you. You try to be the man for every single team so that if they take someone else, you then you want to go down the line.”