Western Kentucky University lands Wheeler High’s Avery Patterson

Avery Patterson shown above, becomes the third prospect to commit to Western Kentucky in the 2014 class.

Three-star guard Avery Patterson announced his commitment to WKU on Monday night, choosing the Toppers over earlier offers from Butler, Kansas State, Boston College, Central Florida, Tulane and others. The 6’2, 185 lb. Patterson, will sign with the Hilltoppers on Thursday, his coach at Wheeler High School , Doug Lipscomb, said earlier today. Patterson attends the same high school located in Marietta, Georgia that produced current WKU sophomore forward Nigel Snipes, Lipscomb assumes that Snipes and Patterson have had discussions about WKU. Patterson was considered one of the top two 2014 point guard prospects in the state of Georgia, alongside Miller Grove's Keith Pinckney, who verbally committed to Tulane on Oct. 26. WKU is also expected to sign Perry County Central power forward Justin Johnson and Florida prep school guard Derrick Clayton this week. Nashville power forward Rob Marberry is committed to WKU as a walk-on.


Coach Lipscomb has described Patterson as a prospect with a well-built frame and strong all-around game. He can also play both guard positions. Patterson was the top remaining prospect on the board from the state of Georgia. While not the purest of point guards, Patterson has a lot of talent and combines the ability to score with a ton of toughness. This is a big get for WKU as not many quality point guards were left on the board. Patterson was a top priority, and now Western Kentucky has their floor general they wanted, for the long term future. 

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