Creighton center Justin Patton has announced he is declaring for the NBA Draft and intends to hire an agent. That means the Omaha native l give up his final three seasons of eligibility.
Patton averaged 12.9 points and 6.2 rebounds this past season in being name the BIG EAST Freshman of the Year.
“I haven’t coached many young men with the talent and potential that Justin has,” said Creighton coach Greg McDermott. “It’s amazing to think of the strides he has made in the last few years, and I’m excited to see where he’ll be a few years from now.
In addition to being BIG EAST Freshman of the Year, Patton was named Second Team All-BIG EAST, Second Team All-District 5 by the National Association of Basketball Coaches, and a unanimous pick to the BIG EAST’s All-Freshman Team. He was one of 10 candidates for the Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Center of the Year Award, and one of 12 finalists for the Wayman Tisdale Freshman of the Year Award. He was named BIG EAST Freshman of the Week on three occasions.