By JOSEPH PHILLIPS
“In eighth grade I earned MVP [honors] but my most memorable moment came last year against Curie Metro High School where we played as a team and upset them [to advance to the city championship in the Final Four].” Patterson said.
With nearly a seven-foot wingspan, Patterson has led his team in blocks and rebounding since his arrival as a transfer from North Lawndale College Prep in the fall of 2014.
He has earned several double doubles this season and was named to the Chicago Sun Times Newspaper All City team for the second year in a row, with last year being an honorable mention.
Patterson continues to dominate at the forward position by averaging a near double double in the category of points and rebounding throughout the Chicago Public League season.
In spite of Patterson’s individual dominance, his desire to see his teammates succeed is the most important thing to him. He hopes that his strength, wisdom and knowledge as a leader can encourage others to do their best.
Patterson said, “In the words of Kevin Durant: ‘Hard work beats talent, when talent fails to work.’”