After Kentucky announced on Wednesday that Patrick Patterson was among five UK players who will enter their names in this year's NBA Draft, Patterson's mother said that her son had not made that decision.
Tywanna Patterson told The Courier-Journal that her son planned to make a decision before the April 25 deadline for entering the draft. Players have until May 8 to withdraw from the list if they haven't signed with agents. "If Patrick leaves, he'll have his day and have a press conference just like he did when he came back (after declaring for the draft last year)," she told the Louisville newspaper.
UK spokesman DeWayne Peevy said Thursday that nothing had changed. UK expected Patterson and the other four players to enter the draft.
NCAA rules permit players to enter the NBA draft only once and retain the option of returning to college. Since Patterson entered his name in last year's draft, he will have no option to return should he again enter his name this year, Peevy said.
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So, for Patterson, entering the draft will be the equivalent of hiring an agent, Peevy said. There is no return.
Asked if he still expected Patterson to enter the draft, Peevy said yes.
The UK release on Wednesday quoted the players, including Patterson, saying they would enter the draft this year.