Gillispie Thrilled with Patterson's Decision

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) - Kentucky coach Billy Gillispie is all smiles today after signing highly coveted forward Patrick Patterson.

Gillispie said waiting for Patterson to decide where he was going to play college ball was like being a bubble team and waiting to find out if you made the N-C-A-A Tournament.

Gillispie spoke publicly today about the signing for the first time. He said Patterson gives the team a potential star at a major area of need.

Gillispie credited Patterson's family for keeping mum on which college he would choose. Patterson chose the Cats over Florida and Duke. Patterson said yesterday one of the big reasons he chose the Cats is because it allows him to stay close to his hometown of Huntington, West Virginia.

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