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Thursday / October 17.
  • Trey Patterson says five schools working hardest

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    By JACOB POLACHECK

    Trey Patterson, the 6-foot-7 small forward from Rutgers (NJ) Prep School, told ZAGSBLOG Monday that Rutgers, Villanova, Tennessee, Seton Hall, and Maryland are the five schools working hardest for his recruitment. He broke down each school:

    Rutgers: “It’s pretty much in my backyard. Ever since I was little, I’ve been going to their football and basketball games. Nowadays, you see that kids from New Jersey are deciding to stay home and attend Rutgers. It’s extremely appealing.”

    Villanova: “Nova has a great tradition and track record of success. I think Jay Wright does a wonderful job of developing, not only good players, but good people too.”

    Tennessee: “They have similar players like me that are wing forwards. The togetherness that they illustrate on the court and, more importantly, off the court is very impressive. Also, I think that coach [Rick] Barnes and coach [Rob] Lanier are great coaches.”

    Seton Hall: “Just like Rutgers, they’re close to home. They’ve been improving and getting more competitive every year.”

    Maryland: “They are another school that recruits Jersey kids. I feel that I fit their type of player, long and athletic.”

    In addition to the schools above, Patterson also holds offers from Auburn, Cincinnati, Florida, and Georgetown, among others. He broke down what he’s looking for in a school.

    “I want a balance between athletics and academics,” he said.

    According to 247Sports, Patterson is ranked as the No. 15 overall player in the Class of 2021 and the No. 1 player from the state of New Jersey.

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