Pat Patterson Is No Ray Allen



So it would be unfair of me as a Kentucky alum and fan to let the recent signing of Patrick Patterson go without some comment.  The UK contingent here at APIAS were doubly (triply?) excited by the first marquee big man signing in three years.  And it couldn’t have come at a more crucial time for Coach Billy Gillispie.

UK fans here in the bluegrass are expecting Billy to come in and work those same miracles he did down in College Station.  Maybe that’s fair, maybe it’s not.  The fact is, Billy G. is a 47 year-old man who made the decision to move across the country to coach a premiere college basketball program.  He deserves everything he gets.  Whether that be praise and worship (can I get an amen-ah!) or hate and spite (here Tubby, Tubby) he knew what he was getting into.

Enter Patterson.  This is a young man who everyone expects to basically roll in and be Jesus.  He’s expected to instantly fill the role of big man for the Cats despite the fact that he has a backcourt full of shaky shooters and he won’t have a single, proven player to stand on the opposite block.  Your choices for center range from Jared Carter (atleast he wakes up every morning 7 feet tall) and Perry Stevenson (who makes Kenyan marathoners look like Barry Bonds in ’05).  Not that Stevenson doesn’t have talent (no comment on hometown boy Carter) but I think Patterson will find the lane a bit crowded on his side this coming year.  And what happens if he isn’t good enough to beat two SEC defenders on every touch?  Cats fans will get down on him and say terrible things about him.  They might even give him the nickname Sheray. 

So if Billy G can pull off 25 wins this season, he may end up sitting in the Kingdom of Rupp for a very, very long time.  And if Patterson does show up, is the real deal, and dominates to the tune of 16, 12, and 4 like he did every year in high school, this kid may just be the Second Coming.  Of Nazr Mohammed. 


(TGC prefers Ashley Judd)

2 Responses to “Pat Patterson Is No Ray Allen”

  1. TheGoldfishCowboy Says:

    Don’t you like how he strings the schools along for months and then the deciding factor is…. (drumrolll, Russ) Location!

    Somebody get this kid a map

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