Watching Pitt this season, we've seen Lamar Patterson take the next step. With every game that passes, there's no doubt that he's the clear leader of the team and is as close to a 'go to' guy that the Panthers have.
Patterson, though, is flying a bit under the radar on the national level. CBS Sports' Jon Rothstein notes that and lists the forward as one of three players that aren't getting enough attention:
2. Lamar Patterson, Pitt
Hopefully more college kids will understand the value of redshirting after seeing the success Patterson is having as a fifth-year senior. The 6-5 wing looks like one of the better players in the ACC and is averaging 18.6 points, 4.6 rebounds, 4.4 assists, while shooting 43.5 percent from three-point range. Patterson averaged just 10.0 points per game last season for the Panthers, who are currently 14-1.
Good to see Patterson getting his due from a national guy. He's had an excellent year for Pitt and has really had some big performances.
Part of Patterson's 'problem' is that Pitt has gone under the radar as a team. They're not ranked and his big games just aren't making the headlines. He's not on SportsCenter since Pitt hasn't played a Top 25 team yet and he just isn't getting the credit he's probably due in part to the Panthers not being recognized as a great team.
The more they keep winning, though, the more Patterson will have a chance to get some more recognition. He'll be on the national radar soon enough when Pitt takes on the likes of Duke, Syracuse, and North Carolina.