Kentucky landed its second highly-ranked recruit of the spring signing season today when Huntington forward Patrick Patterson announced that he would play for Kentucky and not Florida or Duke.
He joins guard Alex Legion, who signed earlier this month, as the first two signees for new UK coach Billy Gillispie.
Duke, Florida, Kentucky, Virginia, Wake Forest and West Virginia all received consideration from Patterson during his recruiting process.
He was first recruited at Kentucky by former coach Tubby Smith. When Smith left for Minnesota, Patterson delayed his decision. He also didn't let the signing of Houston point guard Jai Lucas - a friend from their basketball playing careers - with Florida earlier this week influence his final decision.
Patterson helped lead Huntington to an unprecedented three-straight Class AAA West Virginia championships.
Patterson's senior year was his best season - 17 points, 12 rebounds and 4 blocked shots per game.
He was the state's 2006 Player of the Year and also was selected to the McDonald's All-American team.