Arkansas Shooter

Dec. 8, 2004

By Allen Crain
Ole Miss Athletics Media Relations Student Intern

To be a freshman entering a power conference in collegiate basketball has to be the ultimate challenge for some people, and that is the case with Rebel newcomer Brandon Patterson as he begins his rookie season in 2004-05. A swingman from Altheimer, Ark., Patterson joins the Ole Miss squad looking to contribute early and often for Coach Rod Barnes and the rest of the coaching staff.

When playing for Coach Leon Harris at Altheimer High School, Patterson received honors such as the 2004 Southeast Arkansas Player of the Year and a 2004 All-State first team selection.

Patterson says a major reason he ultimately chose to take his talents to Oxford was due to the fact that Coach Barnes and staff stayed after him hard on the recruiting trail.

"I really just decided this was the right school for me," Patterson says.

In being from the basketball talent-rich state of Arkansas, Patterson has had many players to look up to and to follow here on the Ole Miss campus. Since Barnes' first season as head coach in 1998-99, the Rebels have had a total of 12 Arkansas natives on the roster. These players have included the likes of Jason Smith (Wheatley), Keith Carter (Perryville), and Jason Flannigan and Jason Harrison (Little Rock).

Even included in this season's incoming freshman class with Patterson is frontcourt force Jermey Parnell from Gosnell. Barnes says a major factor in getting the amount of players he has from Arkansas is in the fact some are closer to Oxford than any other school in the SEC.

Now on campus, Patterson says his role on this season's squad is to "contribute wherever he can, play his role, and stay committed to a winning attitude."

Barnes says he is looking forward to Patterson being a factor immediately and hitting the open shot when he gets in the game.

"He's a very good shooter, and that's why we recruited him," Barnes says.

On being excited about the present and the future of Patterson, also known as B.P. by the coaching staff, Barnes can see how Patterson is sound on the offensive end of the floor more so than the defensive end this early in his career.

"A lot of it has to come with maturity and getting bigger and stronger, and I'm excited about the future he has here," says Barnes.

With SEC play beginning in January, the time Patterson spends on the court in the months of November and December will go a long way in how he progresses in his career this season and in his future with the Ole Miss Rebels basketball team.

 

 

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