Patrick Patterson advises new draft class on transitioning to the NBA
04/21/2015 06:25 PM
In 2010, the Kentucky Wildcats set a then NBA Draft record by having five players from the same team pick in the first round.
1. John Wall (Washington Wizards)
5. DeMarcus Cousins (Sacramento Kings)
14. Patrick Patterson (Houston Rockets)
18. Eric Bledsoe (Los Angeles Clippers)
29. Daniel Orton (Orlando Magic)
Remarkably, the Wildcats could break their own record this year after seven members of the 2014-2015 squad declared together they will leave school early to make the leap to the pros.
Patterson, part of the 2010 class, was a star in Lexington, created a productive career for himself in the Association and is currently a key role player for the playoff-contending Toronto Raptors.
Coincidentally enough, the Raptors first-round opponent in the Eastern Conference bracket is the Washington Wizards, who are led by John Wall, Patterson’s former Kentucky teammate and top overall pick of the same 2010 draft class.
With the deadline to declare for this year’s draft less than a week away (April 26), Patterson took a break from the hardwood to pen an open letter to the pending draft class, bestowing upon them personal experience and words of wisdom for how to successfully transition from college stardom to a career in the NBA.
Even though they weren’t mentioned by name, this year’s seven departing Cats might want to pay close attention.