Picking a Panther of the Week was a hard decision to make as several players stepped up for Pitt last week. Talib Zanna's numbers were very good and Cam Wright continued his steady play through both victories last week with his aggressive and energy sparking style. Wright is really becoming one of my favorite Panthers. When it was all said and done, though, senior Lamar Patterson is the pick for Panther of the Week with two games.
Patterson's week started off in Boston College with a game that saw him finish with 16 points, five rebounds, and five assists, but he also was a bit sloppy with five turnovers and four fouls. Despite the negatives, all of the ways he contributes is hard to overlook. His style of play definitely helps Pitt when other aspects of his game are a little off and he did just that to help the Panthers to a seven-point win over the Eagles.
Patterson didn't stop there and saved an even better and more complete game for Notre Dame. His play helped Pitt break a five-game losing streak to the Irish and pushed them to a four-point win in overtime in South Bend over the weekend. Patterson topped out at 20 points, seven rebounds, seven assists, two steals, with only one turnover. Again, the volume of rebounds and assists really show just how much he did in that game.
Patterson is probably heading towards a first-team selection in the ACC and deserves the recognition he is getting nationally.