The Sky Is The Limit For Trey Patterson
February 17 2018
Photo Credit: Ty Freeman (http://tyfreeman.com/)
- Class of 2021
- Somerset, NJ
SOMERSET, NJ — When you stand 6-foot-8 and are in the ninth grade, finding competition on the basketball court can be a futile concept for those wanting to stay home. Simply put, players must get out and travel to face better competition to improve your game to move forward. For New Jersey’s Trey Patterson, he’s finding out that he can hold his own regardless of who the competition is.
The small forward from Rutgers Preparatory School is working very hard to become the top prospect at his position for the Class of 2021. He began his ascension to the elite ranks with a strong showing in the 2015 BBall Spotlight Tip Off Classic. A seventh grader at the time, he showed off a plethora of moves and abilities, leading Team IZOD to a first-place finish in the 2021 division.
“He is extremely skilled for his age, but the is a testament to his development and the time he has put in to make himself better. His mother and I are both coaches, so he got a lot of training that other kids his age may not have gotten in their early development.” -Antoine Patterson, father of Trey
What made Patterson stand out was his strong ball-handling abilities, enabling him to get the ball to the open man in transition for easy baskets. Couple that with surprisingly good three-point range for his size, and the combination proves that he has as much potential as anyone in the Class of 2021 and should be fun to watch in the coming seasons.
“For about ten years, I worked with Kevin Boyles and he (Trey) was, starting in the fourth grade, there working on his skills and development because of his size, we still see that he has a large window of development when he comes to his ball handling, shooting and his basketball I.Q.I think his still on his way to his full potential.” -Antoine Patterson
In one of the most loaded camps of the year, the Pangos All-East Camp, Patterson made another push for that number one spot. Patterson did very well and made the all-star game to finish the camp. His versatility allows him to play multiple positions on the floor, giving him the opportunity to get his teammates involved as well. Patterson has also gained a world of experience playing with travel squad Team Rio.
“In the current state of basketball, because of rankings and whatnot, people aren’t playing up as much. I thought the development from playing eighth grade basketball to playing 16u ball has helped him make tremendous strides. Having the chance to play 30+ games on a highly competitive circuit, it allowed him to transition to a tougher level of competition. It was difficult at first, but it was extremely helpful.” -Antoine Patterson
Between playing with older players on the circuit and in practice at school (with players like Scottie Lewis and Bryan Antoine), Patterson has more than ample opportunity to improve his game. Schools like Wake Forest, Seton Hall, and Rutgers have already made scholarship offers and there is extremely interest from Indiana, Norte Dame, Xavier and North Carolina State. Not bad for a kid who hasn’t even played his first high school game yet.
At 6-foot-8, but only a freshman, it is almost scary to think how athletic he could be. He is still growing and getting stronger, which also heightens his upside in the future.