Mar. 25, 2010 - Syracuse, Kentucky, USA - Kentucky's Patrick Patterson was all smiles as he left the floor as Kentucky defeated Cornell 62-45 in the Sweet 16 of the NCAA tournament on Thursday March 25, 2010 in Syracuse, NY. Photo by Mark Cornelison | Staff.

Houston Rockets General Manager Daryl Morey announced today that the team has recalled forward Patrick Patterson from Houston’s single-affiliation NBA D-League partner Rio Grande Valley.

Patterson (6-9, 235, Kentucky) averaged a team-leading 18.3 points (.555, 61-110 FG), 10.3 rebounds, 1.1 assists, 1.56 steals and 1.56 blocks in nine games (nine starts) with the Vipers. Patterson currently ranks tied for first in the D-League in double-doubles with five and stands second in the league in rebounds per game. He is actually one of just three players in the D-League averaging a double-double on the season.

Assigned to Rio Grande Valley on Nov. 9, Patterson was on the inactive list for Houston’s first six games. He averaged 4.3 points, 3.8 rebounds and 15.2 minutes in six games for the Rockets during the preseason. Patterson also averaged 9.2 points and 7.2 rebounds in five games (four starts) with Houston during the 2010 NBA Summer League in Las Vegas.

Selected by the Rockets in the first round (14th overall) of the 2010 NBA Draft as an early entry candidate, Patterson finished his three-year career at Kentucky with averages of 16.1 points (.585, 617-1054 FG; .329, 24-73 3FG), 8.2 rebounds and 1.57 blocks in 97 career games (97 starts). He was one of five Wildcats picked in the opening round of the 2010 NBA Draft, which was the first time five players from one school were chosen in the first round of the draft. A 2007 McDonald’s All-American as a high school senior, Patterson became the 10th fastest player to reach the 1,000-point club at UK (58 games). He was a two-time All-SEC First-Team pick as a junior and sophomore, as well as a Second-Team selection as a freshman.

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