The LSU men’s basketball team received the third commitment for their 2014 recruiting class when Jalyn Patterson pledged his services to Tigers on Oct. 13. Patterson joins four-star center Elbert Robinson and small forward Aaron Epps as players who have committed to play for the Tigers next year.
Patterson (Alpharetta, Ga./Montverde, Fla.) is a three-star prospect from Alpharetta, Ga., and attends Montverde Academy in Florida. The 6-1 point guard is a teammate of Ben Simmons, who is ranked No. 4 prospect in the class of 2015 by ESPN Recruiting Nation.
Patterson has the ability to coast-to-coast very quickly in transition and also possesses excellent handles. He is a good three-point shooter and has become known for hitting clutch triples.
Patterson nailed an open three, off a drive and kick from current Florida freshman Kasey Hill, with seconds remaining to give Montverde a 67-65 victory over St. Benedict’s (N.J.) in National High School Invitational championship game last year.
Patterson was in Baton Rouge for a campus visit, along with Simmons, this weekend. He chose LSU over offers from Auburn, Georgia, Georgia Southern, Georgia State, Georgia Tech and Minnesota.
Patterson’s commitment bolsters LSU’s point guard depth, with him sliding in next to current junior Anthony Hickey and highly touted freshman Tim Quarterman.