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Patterson To Enter NBA Draft

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) - Kentucky forward Patrick Patterson will
test the NBA waters but will not hire an agent.
The 6-foot-9 sophomore said Wednesday he wants to get a feel for
his draft status before making a decision. By not signing with an
agent, Patterson could return to Kentucky. The draft is June 25.
Patterson averaged 17.9 points and 9.3 rebounds and was named to
the All-SEC first team. New Kentucky coach John Calipari said he
believes Patterson would benefit from another year in school but
encouraged him to go through the process.
"I feel mentally that I am prepared and I am ready," Patterson
said.
Patterson admitted the thought of returning next year to what
could be a totally revamped team is appealing, but felt he owed it
to himself to check on his pro prospects.
"I'm doing this for myself and my best interests," he said.
"I'm doing this for my family and we'll see how it plays out."
Patterson is the second Kentucky player to submit his name for
the draft. Guard Jodie Meeks also plans to gauge his NBA prospects
but has not hired an agent.
Meeks said Thursday he has no timetable for making a decision on
whether to stay or go. Players have until June 15 to remove their
name from the draft.
Calipari believes both players could thrive in his dribble-drive
offense but that he'll respect whichever road they choose.
"If those two choose to go now, I'll be all for them,"
Calipari said. "I'll be disappointed that I didn't get to coach
them, but none of us should be mad."

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