Lamar Patterson returns for his junior year with much promise. An ever-improving all-around player who came into his own at the end of the last year, Patterson worked hard to elevate his game over the summer. After earning MVP honors at the conclusion of the CBI Tournament when he averaged 13.3 points and 6.0 rebounds in six games, Patterson will be counted upon to provide leadership, scoring and playmaking to the Panthers. A physical perimeter player who has a high skill level, can shoot, pass and has stellar court vision, Patterson is a steady, versatile, all-around contributor who can hit jumpers and make efficient offensive decisions. He has the unique ability to see the floor and create plays for his teammates. As a redshirt freshman, he played in 32 games off the bench at both forward positions. He saw action in 10 games in his first year at Pitt before spraining his ankle and earning a medical hardship waiver. Patterson has an NBA caliber body, good size and is a pure shooter who can handle the ball. A strong, versatile wing player and steady ball handler, Patterson has long arms and a high basketball IQ. He has also proved to be a solid defender.
Played in 79 career games with 37 total starts at small forward...Ranks sixth among all-time school career leaders in assist:turnover ratio (1.95).
Started 37 games at small forward...Registered two double-doubles and reached double figure scoring in 18 games on year...Led team in 3-point percentage (41.0%), assist:turnover ratio (2.11) and steals (38)...Ranked No. 57 nationally in assist:turnover ratio and rated third among Big East leaders in 3-point field goal percentage (.410) and sixth in assist:turnover ratio...Earned team co-MVP award at team banquet...Named CBI Tournament Most Valuable Player after averaging 13.3 points, 6.0 rebounds and 4.5 assists per game...Finished with 14 points, eight rebounds and five assists in the CBI Final vs. Washington State, 3/30...Hit key jumper down the stretch, scored 12 points and set or tied career-highs for free throws (8-10) and blocked shots (2) vs. Washington State, 3/28...Swished game tying 3-pointer, registered double-double with 13 points and 10 rebounds and tied career-highs for minutes played (38) and assists (7) at Butler, 3/21...Scored a career-high 19 points (8-12 FG), hit a career-high tying 3-4 3-pointers with six rebounds vs. Princeton, 3/19...Finished with 13 points (6-8 FG) vs. Wofford, 3/14...Averaged 9.0 points, 6.5 rebounds and 5.0 assists in two Big East Championship games...Finished with 13 points (5-8 FG), hit 2-3 3-pointers, grabbed five rebounds and dished out a career-high tying seven assists vs. St. John's, 2/29...Scored 15 points (6-10 FG), hit a career-high tying 3-5 3-pointers with five rebounds in 33 minutes at Seton Hall, 2/12...Totaled then career-highs for scoring (18), minutes played (35) and tied a career-high with seven assists vs. Georgetown, 1/28...Surpassed or tied career-highs for rebounds (11), offensive rebounds (four) and steals (three) and scored nine points vs. Providence, 1/25...Led team with 14 points (6-9 FG), hit 2-3 3-pointers, tied a career-high with seven assists and grabbed five rebounds vs. Louisville, 1/21...Finished with 13 points, hit a career-high 3-6 3-pointers in 32 minutes vs. Cincinnati, 1/1...Tied or surpassed career-highs for minutes (33), field goals made (7-11) and points (16) vs. South Carolina State, 12/17...Registered his first career double-double with 12 points and a career-high 10 rebounds along with a career-high seven assists in 31 minutes vs. Oklahoma State, 12/10...Set then career-highs for points (16) and field goals (5-12) vs. Long Beach State, 11/16...Made first career start, finished with six points, seven rebounds and six assists in season opener vs. Albany, 11/11.
Played in 32 of 34 games off the bench at both the small forward and power forward positions...Earned co-Most Improved Player Award at team banquet...Set or tied career-highs for scoring (11 points), field goals made (4-6), assists (five), minutes played (22), blocked shots (two), free throws made and attempted (3-4) and scored the first five points of a second half run vs. West Virginia, 2/24...Grabbed a career-high six rebounds at Rutgers, 1/29...Finished with six points, four rebounds and a 3-pointer in 13 minutes at DePaul, 1/22.
Earned medical hardship waiver for the 2009-10 season after suffering a severely sprained right ankle...Named a Big East Academic All-Star...Played in 10 games off the bench at both forward positions...Scored six points, hit two 3-pointers in a key first half run vs. Texas, 11/24...Scored 10 points, all in the first half, hit 3-6 field goals (2-4 3FG) with four rebounds vs. Eastern Kentucky, 11/19...Played 13 minutes, hit first career basket and 3-pointer vs. Binghamton, 11/17...Saw first action off the bench, played in seven minutes in the season opener vs. Wofford, 11/13.
A 2009 graduate of St. Benedict's Prep (N.J.) where he played his senior season for head coach Dan Hurley...Averaged 10.0 points, 8.5 rebounds and 2.5 steals per game in helping lead St. Benedict's to a 24-3 record, No. 7 final national ranking by USA Today and semifinal finish in the first-ever ESPN Rise National High School Invitational...The Gray Bees were ranked No. 3 in the East Region by USA Today...Scored 12 points in a 74-66 semifinal loss to No. 1 ranked Oak Hill Academy (Va.)...Defeated Baltimore St. Frances, 74-65, in NHSI quarterfinal action...Helped St. Benedict's win its first 19 games of the season...Finished with 19 points and 13 rebounds in a 77-67 win over Marietta Wheeler (Ga.)...Scored a team-high 23 points, including 10 in the fourth quarter, to help St. Benedict's defeat fellow Pitt signee Talib Zanna's Bishop McNamara team, 80-70...Scored 14 points and grabbed seven rebounds vs. Miramar H.S. (Fla.)...Named Most Valuable Player of the Primetime Game...Played in the Jordan Brand Classic All-Star Game at Madison Square Garden on April 18, 2009...Played in the Capital Area Classic All-Star Game...Played the previous three seasons at Lancaster McCaskey High School where he competed for Head Coach Steve Powell...Named Class 4A Second Team All-State selection as a junior after averaging 20.3 points per game...Named the Lancaster New Era Area Player of the Year...Voted the Lancaster-Lebanon League's Most Valuable Player...Guided McCaskey to a 22-5 overall record, undefeated 16-0 L-L League record and a third straight Section One title...Concluded junior season ranked as the area's second leading scorer at 20.3 ppg....Guided McCaskey to three straight Lancaster-Lebanon League basketball titles...Scored 12 points and grabbed 14 rebounds in helping McCaskey claim its third straight Lancaster-Lebanon League title with a win over Lancaster Catholic...Hit a buzzer beating, game-winning shot from 35-feet out, scored 22 points and grabbed 11 rebounds in a 61-58 victory over Hempfield...Scored a career-high 40 points in a win over Conestoga Valley...All-L-L League selection as a sophomore...Averaged 15.0 points and 10.0 rebounds per game as a sophomore...After he became a starter, guided the Red Tornado to a 36-2 L-L record...Gave up football to concentrate on basketball after his sophomore year...Invited to the prestigious Top-100 NBA Camp...Ranked as the nation's No. 109 recruit by USA Today...Ranked the nation's No. 15 small forward by ESPN-U...Ranked the nation's No. 78 player by Hoopscoop...Ranked the nation's No. 94 recruit by ESPN-U...Rated the nation's No. 85 player by Dave Telep...Rated the nation's No. 109 recruit by Bob Gibbons...Ranked the nation's No. 112 player by Scout.com...Played AAU basketball with Team Final.
Born Lamar Patterson on August 12, 1991...Son of Perry Sr. and Loreen Patterson...Younger brother of Perry Patterson, who played quarterback at Syracuse (2004-07) and was a Second Team All-State honoree in basketball at McCaskey...The Patterson brothers are two of only four players in school history to earn All-State honors...His other brother Lorne Creighton starred at McCaskey and played collegiately at Kutztown...Nickname is "LP"...Favorite basketball player is Magic Johnson and had the opportunity to meet him when Pitt played in the CBE Classic in Kansas City in 2009...Made his official visit to Pitt on Dec. 15, 2007 and committed to the Panthers after Pitt's win against Duke at Madison Square Garden...Selected Pitt over Arizona, Arizona State, Miami, Fla., Minnesota, Virginia Tech, Virginia, Michigan, Penn State, Rutgers, Temple and Syracuse...Majors in Administration of Justice.
Points: 19, Princeton, 3/19/12. FG made: 8, Princeton, 3/19/12. FG attempts: 13, at DePaul, 1/5/12. 3FG Made: 3, three times- Princeton, 3/19/12; at Seton Hall, 2/12/12; Cincinnati, 1/1/12. 3FG attempts: 6, Cincinnati, 1/1/12. FT made: 8, Washington State, 3/28/12. FT attempts: 10, Washington State, 3/28/12. Rebounds: 11, Providence, 1/25/12. Off. Rebs.: 4, four times- Providence, 1/25/12; at Syracuse, 1/16/12; at Marquette, 1/14/12; North Florida, 11/13/10. Def. Rebs.: 10, vs. Oklahoma State, 12/10/11. Assists: 7, five times- at Butler, 3/21/12; St. John's, 2/29/12; Georgetown, 1/28/12; Louisville, 1/21/12; vs. Oklahoma State, 12/10/11. Steals: 4, vs. Georgetown, 3/7/12. Blocks: 2, three times- Washington State, 3/28/12; South Carolina State, 12/17/11; West Virginia, 2/24/11. Minutes: 38, at Butler, 3/21/12.
2011-12 SEASON HIGHS
Points: 19, Princeton, 3/19. Rebounds: 11, Providence, 1/25. Assists: 7, five times- at Butler, 3/21; St. John's, 2/29; Georgetown, 1/28; Louisville, 1/21; vs. Oklahoma State, 12/10. Steals: 4, vs. Georgetown, 3/7. Blocks: 2, two times- Washington State, 3/28; South Carolina State, 12/17. Minutes: 38, at Butler, 3/21.