2023 South Shore (NY) center Will Patterson added two offer this past week from TCU and Oklahoma State, he confirms.
Both programs reached out to his coaches and extended offers that left him feeling encouraged about his future.
Oklahoma State, who has a very good relationship with his coaches that dates back to head coach Mike Boynton days in New York, is a school that he could realistically see himself at.
He’s watched a lot of highlights of Oklahoma State back when Marcus Smart was apart of the program, and got to speak to some of the players that shared their experiences of playing for the Cowboys and he thought it was all valid. So getting an offer from them was a great feeling.
“In that moment, it was just joy that I felt,” he said after adding an offer from Oklahoma State. “After that, I felt determined to keep working because I know that I have to work even harder than I usually do in the gym and in school to add more offers.”
And then newly-hired assistant coach Duane Broussard, recently from UCLA, contacted his coaches and also extended an offer.
Broussard, the same coach that led the charge for Moses Brown to UCLA, sees a similar player in Patterson, and wasted little time offering the talented prospect.
“They saw videos of me working out with guys like Keith Williams, Moses Brown and others,” he said of TCU. “And even though at time I would get scored on, I kept my head high and popped my collar. I just kept playing and they said they liked my grit, my determination to get better and be better than other players.”
Right now, he’s been in the gym working on his game. His biggest goal over the next few years is adding weight and working on his handles because he’s getting valuable time now playing with professional athletes and especially playing against former UCLA and NBA forward Moses Brown.
“Usually I go to the gym and workout with [Moses Brown’s] teammates and some older college guys. Working on dribbling and fundamentals,” he explained. “When we are on our own time, we scrimmage against each other a lot and I’m always going to guard Moses. It doesn’t matter who is on the court because he was just like me and I can learn so much from him just seeing him play at UCLA and dominate his position really inspires me.”