Assuming this report is true – and I have no reason to believe it isn’t – it makes me so happy. As Verbal Commits has now reported, Syracuse has apparently offered 2020 guard Addison Patterson, who if you’ve been following this site the last day or two will know is a kid I am incredibly high on.
Patterson is a 6-foot-7 guard from Canada who plays his high school ball at AI Prep, and his AAU ball for CIA Bounce. Both programs are run by Tony McIntyre, who you may recall is dad to Tyler Ennis. AI Prep also produced both Oshae Brissett and Howard Washington. So, the connections to Syracuse are strong.
And man, what a player this kid is. He was one of the guys I was most excited to see play at EYBL Dallas and he didn’t disappoint. Patterson was a scoring machine at the event, averaging 23.5 points-per-game while shooting 51.4% from the field. Now, he was 0-for-7 from three point range, which is a little concerning for a guard, but he’s got a solid looking stroke so in my opinion, it’s a matter of “when” and not “if” he adds a perimeter game to his already stellar offensive arsenal.
Patterson has the size of a small forward and handles like a point guard, and is extremely adept at beating his defender and getting into the paint at will, finishing with consistency and athletically. He’s long, he’s got great touch around the basket, and he just knows how to score. Add in his potential defensively at the top of the 2-3 zone and his ability to handle (seriously, he could conceivably end up playing point guard… his handle is that good), and you can understand why I’m absolutely convinced he’s a future lottery pick.
Now, as a friend pointed out to me recently, there’s a solid chance that the 2020 class may wind up being able to jump straight to the NBA. If that’s the case, I’d expect Patterson to be one of the kids who can do exactly that, given his combination of size, athleticism, and skill. If he played in the US instead of Canada (remember – most recruiting services only rank players who compete in the US), I firmly believe he’d be ranked in the top 5-10 in his class.
Still, I’m going to bask in this one while I can. Patterson is one of my favorite prospects regardless of class, and I’m thrilled that the Orange have now offered. Some of his other offers include Oregon, Florida, and now USC.