Patterson Announces He's Leaving UK

LEXINGTON, Ky (WSAZ) -- Kentucky's Patrick Patterson ended any drama about a possible return for his senior season by announcing he'll enter his name into the NBA Draft this summer.

Patterson held a news conference at Memorial Coliseum in Lexington to make the announcement official.

"I've accomplished a lot of the things and pretty much all the things I wanted to accomplish." Patterson said. "And I came to college mainly to get my college degree and that's what I'm doing this year, and I just feel like it's time for me to go, it's time for me to move on.

Patterson came to Lexington out of Huntington WV where he was a McDonald's All American at Huntington High school. He was a three year starter at Kentucky where he gave the Wildcats a strong presence inside. He averaged 16 points and 8 rebounds for his career and was an All SEC performer.

Patterson said he'll remember his days at UK fondly.

"Developing those relationships with my coaching staff, definitely the games, playing in the NCAA Tournament," Patterson said when recalling some of the memories. "Just the little things we did on the team together, whether it was going out or hanging around each other. There's a bunch of things I will definitely take away from this year that I'll cherish from now on."

Patterson said he has not yet hired an agent.

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