Canadian Addison Patterson’s puzzling transfer from Oregon

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Addison Patterson at the BioSteel All-Canadian game. Photo by Chris McKee

According to reports, Addison Patterson will transfer from Oregon to Nevada.

Addison Patterson from Milton, ON is reportedly leaving the Oregon Ducks after just one season to transfer to the Nevada Wolfpack to play under Steve Alford.

In just one season at Oregon, Patterson was a key figure coming off the bench chipping in with 4.6 points per game in 28 games played. All signs pointed to him becoming a more prominent figure for the Ducks heading into his sophomore season in 2020-21.

Coming out of high school, Patterson was rated as a Top 50 recruit by several scouting services with offers from the likes of Florida, USC, Oklahoma, Syracuse, Arizona State and more.

Most transfers makes sense, but I’ll admit that I’m left scratching my head a little after this one.

Patterson has NBA potential and had a long list of high major programs pursuing him all throughout high school and so the decision to move to a mid-major program is a little puzzling. He’s also moving to a mid-major where he will have to sit around for another year due to transfer rules and not even play while Alford is a head coach who could likely be in the running for any number of job openings at high major programs come the end of the 2020-21 season.

I did the play-by-play for Patterson’s games during his junior year of high school and saw first hand the many suitors lined up in the gym seeking his commitment. He then transferred to Bella Vista Prep in Arizona for his senior year and continued to impress further.

I covered the U18 FIBA America’s tournament in St. Catharines, ON in the summer of 2018 where there was a palpable buzz surrounding Patterson’s play with the likes of John Calipari, Bill Self, Danny Manning and many more big time head coaches in attendance.

I spoke to several NBA scouts during BioSteel All-Canadian week in 2019 (its the CDN version of the McDonald’s All-American game) and many believed Patterson would be a future NBA player.

Nevada has been one of the premier mid-major programs over the past five or six years but that success was under Eric Mussleman who has since moved on to be the head coach at Arkansas.

Hopefully this ends up being the right decision for Patterson and his eventual gateway to the NBA but for now it remains one of the more puzzling transfers of the 2020 offseason.

Click the below video to view my interview with Patterson at the FIBA America’s tournament in the summer of 2018.

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