By Jerry Del Priore
The college offers keep coming in for Rutgers Prep’s Trey Patterson, as he announced on Twitter during the week that Coach Anfernee Penny Hardaway and The University of Memphis have made asked him to join the school’s basketball program.
Only a junior, Patterson has offers from the likes of Indiana, Auburn, Cincinnati, UConn, Florida, Georgetown, Georgia, Maryland, Rutgers, Seton Hall, NC State, Tennessee, Iowa, Miami, UCLA, Villanova, Xavier, TCU, and Wake Forest.
That’s quite a list of storied Division I Men’s Basketball colleges for the six-foot-seven small forward who 247sports.com has ranked No. 33 nationally, No. 10 at his position, and number 2 in New Jersey in the 2021 class.
ESPN has Patterson ranked at the 43rd position overall, tenth at his position, seventh regionally, and No. 2 in the Garden State in his class.
Memphis will be a good fit for Patterson, as the Tigers are off to a 4-1 with their high scoring offense. But he doesn’t have to rush at this point because of his youth, as the 170-pounder continues to develop his game, body, and mentality.
But make no mistake about it, Patterson is a baller. He showed just how good he is as he played on Team Rio National U17’s squad in which he displayed the ability to dominate, posting 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.
As for Patterson, the sky’s the limit as long as he puts in the time to improve and get stronger.