Kentucky junior standout will return for senior season

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Friday May 8, 2009

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) -- Patrick Patterson is returning to Kentucky for his junior season.

The school announced Friday the 6-foot-9 forward will remove his name from the NBA draft to stay in school and play for new coach John Calipari.

Patterson averaged 17.9 points and 9.3 rebounds during his sophomore season with the Wildcats and was picked to the All-Southeastern Conference first team. He entered his name in the NBA draft last month but did not hire an agent, leaving him the opportunity to come back.

Patterson said in a statement the chance to complete his degree in three years while helping the Wildcats compete for a national championship were his primary reasons for staying in school.

Calipari said he looks forward to coaching him next fall.

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