Patrick Patterson: Still One Foot On The Adolph Rupp Hardwood

rich hansenContributor IApril 10, 2010

NASHVILLE, TN - MARCH 13:  Patrick Patterson #54 of the Kentucky Wildcats cheers on his teammates against the Tennessee Volunteers during the semirfinals of the SEC Men's Basketball Tournament at the Bridgestone Arena on March 13, 2010 in Nashville, Tennessee.  (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
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The Kentucky Exodus may have to be put on pause for just a moment, while one of the five Wildcats expected to declare for the 2010 NBA draft takes a little time to mull his options over. Patrick Patterson, one of the most beloved Wildcats of recent memory was quoted today as saying, “I’m half in and half out right now," according to the Associated Press.  As you may have previously heard the announcement of Pattersons declaration was a little hasty. Patterson has yet to file his paperwork and will hold off until he is fully decided on his future. Recall that last year Patterson declared for the draft then withdrew and came back for another year in blue. You can only do that once, so once Patterson declares for the draft it is official and there is no coming back.

Whether or not Patterson decides to come back could impact the immediate recruiting process for Coach Cal and his Wildcats. It is likely that a player such as C.J. Leslie would like to know his position on the floor is open before committing. So this is something to keep an eye in the coming weeks.

Patterson obviously loves playing at Kentucky as evidenced by his reluctance to declare and the big blue nation would love to see one of their stars return for another run at the Final Four. Patterson's leadership on and off the court would greatly help lead Coach Cal's newest freshmen class. Also it is possible that watching Patterson hold off for another year could make Daniel Orton and Eric Bledsoe reconsider their plans to leave school after one year and head to the NBA. Neither Orton or Bledsoe have hired an agent yet and therefore are still eligible to return to Kentucky if they so decided.