So its Sunday night and time to get ready for one of my favorite weeks of the year, the SEC Tournament. But rather than using tonight to recap news and views as we usually do, we will shift gears a bit. One of the common questions over the last few weeks has been what will happen with Patrick Patterson next season and will he still be at the University of Kentucky for his Junior season. There has been a great deal of speculation on the subject and rather than simply add to it, I interviewed his mother Tywanna Patterson, a wonderful lady who has always been good to Kentucky Sports Radio, dating back to Patrick’s recruitment.
With so much speculation making its way around the internet that Patrick had already made his NBA Draft decision, I asked her if this was the case and this was her response:
Patrick has not made a decision as to stay or to go. His goal is to win the SEC Tournament and that is all he is focused on. Patrick loves Kentucky and he still has hopes that we can win the SEC and make the NCAA Tournament and he really believes that we can.
I then asked her about how the decision would be made when that time comes:
He will first be looking at where this program is headed next year and what the status of it is going to be next season. We will also of course have to look at his draft status, whether he will go high or low, but he has no control over that part. At the end of the season, we will sit down and balance it all as a family and then make a decision as to whether it makes sense for him to return.
I then asked her about the report concerning her conversation with Mitch Barnhart after the Georgia game. She confirmed that they did have a conversation and when I asked her what they talked about, this is what she said:
I was just talking to him about the future of the UK program and where we are headed next year. I just want to know why he thinks we are losing games that we should not be losing. I am very concerned with how things have gone this year and the direction this program is going. So, I just wanted to talk to him and know where he thinks the program is headed because right now I don’t understand what is going on.
Patrick’s mother stressed over and over her son’s love for the University of Kentucky and she said to me that “the fans have been amazing to us for two years.” When she speaks about the UK family, you can tell how invested she is in it and it is obvious how important UK basketball is to her and her son.
We will have more all day as we get ready for a crucial week ahead…..