Pitt forward Lamar Patterson is finally starting to get some national attention with Pitt's hot start. Averaging more than 17 points and nearly five boards and assists per game, it's well deserved, obviously.
On Thursday, Patterson was named to the USBWA's midseason watch list for the Oscar Robertson Award as player of the year. I don't think he has much chance to win it over higher profile players like Jabari Parker, but if Pitt keeps winning and can get into the top ten at some point, he'll garner a good deal of attention.
Patterson isn't on everyone's radar, though. The senior was mysteriously left off of a similar list for the Wooden Award - another player of the year honor. ESPN's Eamonn Brennan noted the snub and even had some pretty amazing things to say about the forward:
Think Joel Embiid was the biggest snub from Wednesday’s midseason Wooden list? Think again: “McDermott was a first-team All-American last season, but who could have possibly foreseen the senior year that Lamar Patterson is having for Pittsburgh? Patterson wasn't even honorable mention All-Big East in 2012-13. In fact it's conceivable that by the end of the season Patterson may rise to the top of this list as my national player of the year.”
Everyone isn't quite as high on Patterson as Brennan is, but comments like that show that he's at least impressing some of the national guys.