Creighton’s Justin Patton is a member of the Minnesota Timberwolves. Patton was selcted with the 16th pick in the first round of the NBA Draft, becoming the second Creighton player in four years to be taken in the first round. The Omaha native says he grew up cheering for the Timberwolves.
“Kevin Garnett was a really good player for them and they came to Omaha a while back for a preseason game”, said Patton. “I went and watched them and have been a fan ever since.”
Patton led Creighton with 6.2 rebounds and 1.4 blocked shots per game, and was second on the club with 12.9 points per game. He owned 72 dunks during his redshirt freshman season and owned 28 games of 10 or more points, including four games of 20 points or more. Patton field goal percentage (67.6 percent) led the BIG EAST, ranked second nationally in 2016-17, and is the best mark in NCAA history by a freshman in a major conference.
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.