Archive for July, 2010

And I Quote…

Monday, July 5th, 2010

Money never sleeps – Gordon Gekko(Wall Street)

Evan Turner & Patrick Patterson 5 Years Later

Sunday, July 4th, 2010

It seems like just yesterday that I was a 17 year old high school student. I don’t remember too much of the classroom part. But outside of my pursuits for higher learning I was beginning to make moves with my first born, MidStateHoops.com. At the time we were just two young kids who were excited to be doing something we loved; closely following the game of basketball. We were unconcerned with everything other than being the best in our field. No other goals existed and we did almost no reflecting on some of the cool things we accomplished. In lieu of the most recent NBA Draft I thought now would be a good time to finally to a bit of reflection.

My partner and I were less than a year into the venture when I had the opportunity to do some work for Rivals.com(Yahoo! acquired Rivals.com for $100 million in 2007). Among the stories I wrote for them were features on Evan Turner and Patrick Patterson. After successful collegiate careers, both Patterson and Turner were selected early in the first round of the 2010 NBA Draft two weeks ago. Turner was selected #2 to the Philadelphia 76ers and Patterson #14 by the Houston Rockets.

It’s funny how things develop over time. Turner was a rising player on the state scene at the time of my article. But was only considered by most the second best player on his own team(Westchester St. Joseph) to Demetri McCamey. We at MSH knew he was special and were the first to put him ahead of McCamey and behind Derrick Rose. At the time people said we were crazy. But time has shown us to be correct. The interesting part about that story is Evan quotes nearly a dozen schools, non of which were Ohio State where he would eventually land and become one of the greatest Buckeyes ever.

A similar situation goes for the Patrick Patterson Q&A I conducted. He listed Kentucky among numerous others but did not even have an offer from them yet. He also said Wake Forest and Virginia Tech were his leaders. Patterson was certainly a larger star by comparison to Turner in high school. He was the state of Virginia Mr. Basketball and the state’s headliner until OJ Mayo arrived to play alongside him at Huntington. Turner on the other hand climbed from the bottom out of obscurity and into stardom. In either event, nothing is a sure thing at the prep level. A guy who is great in high school can fizzle out in college.

No such case for either of these two players though. They both went on to do great things and disappointed absolutely nobody. Despite the number of schools that pursued Turner, I believe that he still managed to exceed anybody’s expectations winding up where he did over the course of his career and now being the #2 pick in his draft class. The story of the class of 2007 in Illinois was Derrick Rose and not much else.

Looking back, Evan Turner was extremely humble and Patrick Patterson was experiencing growing pains en route to maturing into a fine young adult. 5 years later Evan is every bit as humble as he was and Patterson became the example of a stand-up student-athlete. Both of these guys got to where they are because of their mentality towards the game, and their work ethic. If you have ever watched either play then you know nothing is flashy or fancy about them. They just put their heads down and get results. Look for more of the same in the NBA.