By Jerry Del Priore
At just a junior, Rutgers Prep (NJ) small forward Trey Patterson has several top D-I college basketball programs vying for his hardwood services.
The schools include Indiana, Auburn, Cincinnati, UConn, Florida, Georgetown, Georgia, Maryland, Rutgers, NC State, Tennessee, Miami, UCLA, Villanova, Xavier, TCU, and Wake Forest. And expect the list to grow.
247sports.com has Patterson ranked at 34 nationally, 10 at his position and number two in the Garden State as of Septemeber 2019.
Patterson, at 6-foot-7 and 170 pounds, has room to grow into his lanky frame while adding strength to it.
But his height and wingspan, as well as his pure athletic leaping ability, are huge assets to his game as he continues to work on improving his defensive abilities.
Scouts believe the Somerset, New Jersey, resident will need to improve his lateral movement, specifically on defense.
Additionally, Patterson will need to adjust his ball releases, as he tends to let go closer to his face, rather than above his head. But he can shoot well from three-point land at the moment.
Remember, he is just a junior, and his skills are improving every day.
Patterson, who also plays on Team Rio National U17 squad, has shown the ability to dominate, as he posted 35 points, 20 rebounds and eight assists over two victories at the Philly Live 2019 at Jefferson University over the summer.
Moreover, Patterson will be an important member of head coach Matt Bloom’s Rutgers Prep’s team this season, along with senior and Sacred Heart University-commit Nico Galette and fellow junior Noah Harris, as well as sophomore Otega Oweh.
The rising Argonauts will look to capture a Somerset County Tournament Title and the Golden Fleece, the non-public B State Championship.
Meanwhile, colleges will be taking a number as Patterson continues to stockpile college offers.