Justin Patton, the Jays' high-flying big man, has already earned some recognition for his play this season. Now, the Omaha North grad has been named to ESPN's "Must-watch players who get overlooked" list.
ESPN college basketball analyst Myron Medcalf credited Patton for his hot start, highlighting his agility and his ability in pick-and-roll plays.
Medcalf wrote that Patton creates matchup problems and highlighted his strengths on offense and defense. "Patton has made 79.7 percent of his shots inside the arc, the fifth-best mark in America. Lineups that feature Patton allow just .91 points per possession on defense," Medcalf wrote.
Patton's importance to the Jays grew with Zach Hanson's injury, but Medcalf also thinks the center could become Creighton's most significant player by the end of the season.
Patton is averaging 11.9 points per game and 6.3 rebounds per game this season.