Biography: Patterson returned to Kentucky for his junior season even though he might have been a first-round pick last year. Despite being overshadowed by star freshmen teammates John Wall and DeMarcus Cousins, the power forward had another outstanding season, providing needed leadership on a team that went 35-3. His scoring average dropped to 14.3 from 17.9 the previous season - due largely to the presence of Wall and Cousins - but he added 7.4 rebounds and 1.3 blocked shots per game in another consistent performance. A big and physical player, he shot 58.5 percent from the field at Kentucky and improved his mid-range and outside shooting in his final season. Patterson attempted four 3-pointers his first two years, but went 24 of 69 (34.8 percent) from beyond the arc in 2009-10. A cause for concern was free-throw shooting, as his percentage from the line dropped to 69.2 percent as a junior after he averaged 76.8 and 73.1 the previous two seasons. Despite his dominant play inside, he struggled to get to the line during his college career. Patterson boasts an NBA body with long arms and a powerful build, although he is considered slightly undersized for his position in the pros. While his rebounding averages were respectable, there is some question as to why he wasn't even more prolific on the glass at the college level. However, his strength, physical play and defensive ability are key attributes that NBA teams look for at power forward, and he also boasts good basketball IQ. He is a player that appears ready to contribute immediately and his stock has risen lately. Patterson may be a lottery pick and seems certain to be chosen in the first round.
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