Patton sets up HQ at Creighton

“General” Patton on the Hilltop!

No, 2015 HS recruit Justin Patton is Not an US Army General, but I could not resist. 

The General
Photo: Courtesy Omaha World Herald


Justin is a local Omaha basketball player (6-10, 200 lbs), at the North High Vikings, who has begun to “blow up” developmentally.  Justin and his North teammates attended last week’s Creighton Elite Team Camp, on the Hilltop.  His performances at the camp, coupled with reports of his breaking out this spring on the AAU tour, resulted in an Creighton offer from Coach McDermott.  Justin accepted.  CU’s Elite Camp has again resulted in the exposure, offer(s), and acceptance from developing HS player(s). 

Photo:  Omaha Sports Academy

Prior to his Spring AAU performances, Justin had no collegiate scholarship offers.  Albany U. and Missouri State U. have just recently offered him.  Some folks are very positive regarding Justin’s recent rapid development, namely his HS Coach Jared Anderson, his AAU Coach Bob Franzese, and the well respected Minnesota Rivals scout (and Minnetonka Coach) Ryan James.  James has tweeted:

Ryan James@RyanJamesMN 23h

Bigs in the SPTS group of teams have had a terrible time scoring over, running with, and keeping Justin Patton in front. High potential.

Ryan James@RyanJamesMN 23h

After seeing PF/C Justin Patton in Omaha and KC in April, I say the commitment to Creighton is a great frontcourt pick-up for the Jays.

NebraskaHSHoops story:
Bluejay Banter (Rivals) story:
Omaha World Herald (Steve Pivovar) story: 

Excerpt from OWH article: 

Still, Patton and Anderson said they were surprised by the player’s whirlwind recruitment.             

“I did very well at the Creighton camp,” he said. “I’ve been coming around as a player, and it’s starting to show. Still, this hasn’t sunk in.”  Said Anderson: “It’s all amazing how fast this has transpired. Two weeks ago, there were no offers out there. The thing is, the improvement he’s made in the last couple of months, I don’t think anyone could have seen this coming.” 

 Now, Patton said, it’s time to really get to work. He said he weighs 200 pounds and would like to eventually add about 40 pounds to his frame. He said he’ll likely continue to grow upward, as his father is 7-3.

 Patton also said he will need to work on getting his academics in order. 

NBCSports – CBT:

Jays took no chances and sewed him up early, before the July AAU Tourneys.  Now it is up to the “General” to do the things needed to set up camp in August 2015. 

Attention!:  General Patton is in the house!