Dec. 2, 2013
GREENSBORO, N.C.—University of Pittsburgh senior forward Lamar Patterson (Lancaster, Pa./St. Benedict’s Prep, N.J.) was named the Atlantic Coast Conference Player of the Week after leading Pitt to the Progressive Legends Classic title with wins over Stanford, Texas Tech and a City Game victory against Duquesne.
Named Most Valuable Player of the Legends Classic, Patterson averaged 21.7 points, 4.7 rebounds, 5.3 assists and 4.0 steals in Pitt’s three weekly contests. He also accounted for 56.6 percent (47 of 83) of Pitt’s total field goals on the week (21 field goals/16 assists). Patterson shot 56.8 percent (21-37) from the floor, 47.1 percent (8-17) from 3-point range and converted 83.3 percent (15-18) of his free throw attempts. His assist:turnover ratio on the week was a phenomenal 8.00.
Patterson set his career-high for scoring in back-to-back games at the Legends Classic. He finished with a career-high 23 points (8-13 FG), hit 4-7 3-pointers, dished out four assists and registered a career-high tying five steals vs. Texas Tech on Nov. 25. The next night against Stanford on Nov. 26, he scored a career-high 24 points (6-10 FG), hit 6-10 3-pointers, converted 9-11 free throws, dished out six assists in leading Pitt to an 88-67 win. On Saturday against Duquesne, Patterson finished with 18 points (7-14 FG), six assists and a career-high five steals.
On the year, Patterson leads the Panthers in both scoring (17.1 ppg.) and assists (38). He is shooting 50 percent (39-78) from the floor and 44.1 percent (15-34) from 3-point range.
Patterson is the first Pitt player to earn a conference player of the week honor since Tray Woodall was named Big East Player of the Week on Feb. 6, 2012.
Pitt begins the year with a perfect 7-0 record for the eighth time in the last 13 seasons. The Panthers host Penn State on Tuesday night in a Big Ten/ACC Challenge contest at the Petersen Events Center. Tipoff is at 7:30 p.m. ET on ESPNU.