“I’m all in and this is everything that I’ve wanted,” Patton told The Vertical. “I talked this over with my family and gained a perspective. Whatever I have to do for a team, I’ll do it. I pride myself on going to the gym, working until I tire out and being the best that I can be.
“I’m a really competitive person, so I want to be the first big man taken in the draft. I know not everyone gets this opportunity.”The 7-footer from Omaha, Neb., averaged 12.9 points, 6.2 rebounds and 1.4 blocks in 35 games this season. He ranked third in the country in field goal percentage with a remarkable 69.3 percent. Along with his national standing, Patton broke the Big East freshman field goal percentage record, connecting 66.3 percent of his shots in league play.