Patterson Showing That Wall Is Not The Only Cool Cat In Lexington

Nick UremovichContributor IDecember 24, 2009

LEXINGTON, KY - DECEMBER 23:  John Wall #11 of the Kentucky Wildcats dunks the ball during the game against the Long Beach State 49ers on December 23, 2009 at Rupp Arena in Lexington, Kentucky.  (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
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John Calipari owes John Wall and Patrick Patterson a thank you.

While having obvious successes at other colleges, including his previous stint at Memphis (I wonder if they wish they had him back...), Calipari still deserves credit for turning these Wildcats around.  But Wall, as well as another slightly unknown player, have given Calipari a reason to look to the heavens. 

Wall is averaging 18 points and 7 assists a game so far in all 13 wins for the Wildcats, which is not a surprise to those who knew about Wall's high school accomplishments before his arrival in Lexington.  However, what may surprise people is the consistency of Patrick Patterson, the 6'9 Junior Forward.  While his two previous season have been just as excellent, Patterson has been overshadowed by the sudden super-stardom of John Wall.

As a matter of fact, Pattersons contributions are more noteworthy than Wall's.

While both have different styles of play, Patterson has been more productive numbers-wise.  With 6 double-doubles, next to only 2 from John Wall, Patterson's rebounds have given the Wildcats a majority of their offensive chances.  His 13 blocks have proven his defensive prowess as well.

John Wall's outstanding play this year is unquestionable, as there are already whispers about him winning both Freshman Player of the Year award and the Player of the Year Award. But maybe Patrick Patterson deserves the Most Overlooked Player of the Year award.