6’11” 215 LBS C
35 G | 25.3 MPG | 12.9 PPG | 67.6 FG% | 8-15 3FG | 51.7 FT% | 6.2 RPG | 1.2 APG | 1.4 BPG
• When presented with scoring opportunities, Patton delivered more often than not. His 67.6 field goal percentage ranked first in the Big East, second overall among all NCAA Division I players, and stood as the second-best all-time from a college freshman. In nearly half of his appearances this season, Patton converted at least 70.0 percent of his attempts. He shot no worse than 50.0 percent from the field in all but two outings, and placed first in the Big East with an effective field goal percentage of 68.9.
• Boasting a sizable frame and one of the longest wingspans (measured at 7’3” during anthropometric testing at the NBA Draft Combine) among this year’s projected first-rounders, Patton put his build to use on the defensive end. In a modest 25.3 minutes per game, he collected 6.2 rebounds per contest, fifth-best in the Big East. He turned aside 50 blocks, fourth-most in the conference as well.
• While Patton’s production was relatively steady throughout the season, his strongest all-around stretch seemed to come during a segment of the schedule that spanned portions of December and January. Amidst this 13-game run, the Omaha, Nebraska native accounted for 15.5 points and 5.4 boards per game. He posted one of his three double-doubles on the season, too.
Below, see highlights from Patton’s 20-point, seven-rebound effort January 25th at Georgetown.
Did You Know?:
The Big East Freshman of the Year and a Second-Team All-Big East nominee, Patton had actually already spent a season with the Creighton men’s basketball program before making his playing debut in 2016-2017. He opted to use his freshman campaign as a non-injury, non-academic redshirt year, but, according to the school’s website, he was still permitted to workout with the team, and accompany it on road trips.
Quote of Note:
“We’ve had to use Justin in a different way. He was getting a lot of easy baskets earlier in the year in transition and off ball-screen situations that aren’t coming quite as easily without Maurice [Watson Jr., who was ruled out for the season in January]. And we’ve had to use him more as a facilitator, where we use him more on the top of the floor as a passer and a ball-handler. We’re playing through him out of the post more than we did earlier in the year. So he’s been asked to do a lot for a young player.” – Creighton head coach Greg McDermott, nytimes.com [3/17/2017]