Wisconsin-Green Bay Adds Third 2017 Recruit From Illinois

By Roy & Harv Schmidt

March 28, 2017

5:00 P.M. CST 

Manny Patterson had more than a few viable options to choose from when it came to his recruitment.  But when a school makes you the top priority in their class at a specific position, the process proves to get much easier.  And that is the primary reason why the 6'8 center from Kenwood Academy in Chicago committed today to the University Of Wisconsin-Green Bay and head coach Linc Darner.

Patterson ended up choosing the Phoenix over offers from Southern Illinois, Toledo and East Tennessee State among others.  His commitment was confirmed by multiple sources including his high school coach Marlo Finner and coaches from his All-In/Young and Reckless travel team.

Darner and the Phoenix were one of the first D1 schools to offer Patterson a scholarship.  But more importantly, the stuck with him throughout the entire process, letting him know that he was their top priority among post prospects they were recruiting in 2017.  As we indicated above, that proved to be the difference.  In addition to Darner, Phoenix assistant coach Ben Swank deserves a ton of credit with helping to get this one done.  

Patterson has had his ups and downs while playing for Young and Reckless as well as for his high school team at Kenwood.  Above everything else, he has been plagued by injuries over the course of the past year and has battled inconsistency.  But nevertheless, there is no question that Patterson is one of the more skilled front court players in Illinois from the 2017 class.

Overall, Patterson has made significant progress with respect to his offensive game. Rebounding is undoubtedly his forte, but Patterson has also proven to be an effective scorer with his back to the basket.  We would still like to see him finish on a more regular basis, but he possesses a strong work ethic and also defends well on the interior.

Patterson becomes UWGB's fourth member of a 2017 recruiting class that has a strong Illinois emphasis.  He joins 6'2 point guard P.J. Pipes from Lemont Township High School in Lemont, IL; 6'5 wing forward Trevian Bell from Joliet West High School in Joliet, IL and 6'8 power forward Will Chevalier from Kimberly High School in Kimberly, WI. 

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