Big news Thursday out of Orangeville, ON. Canada's no.1 ranked 2020 prospect Addison Patterson is taking his talents to Athlete Institute. The same school north of the border that has pumped out a bevy of NCAA high major prospects like Jalen Poyser, Kyle Alexander and even NBA draft picks Thon Maker and Jamal Murray.
Patterson a 2002 born prospect spent last season at Bishop Reding in his home town of Milton, ON. He was a impactful diaper dandy on a veteran laden team that made OFSAA. His experience playing competitive varsity basketball at the Halton and OFSAA level should only bode well for his transition to the prep scene.
This past summer Patterson cemented his stock as the number one prospect in his age group when he went toe to toe with no. 2 ranked prospect Cashius McNeilly.
McNielly finished with 18 points and his Canada Elite squad took home the W in the Brookwood Elite Invitational Championship but it was Patterson whose shot was off the mark at the buzzer but he still tallied a game 30+ points. More impressive was he demanded and relished the defensive assignment against McNeilly. -- a testament to the dog in Patterson on both sides of the ball. Since that head to head battle both McNeilly and Patterson have grown an inch maybe two. Rivals on the AAU scene but these two could become even closer friends this summer when this dynamic duo dresses for Canada at the U16 FIBA Americas.
Addison joins the defending OSBA champions Athlete Institute who have revamped their roster and changed their coaching staff this past off-season. Former head coach Brendan Lesovsky, after a magical 2015-16 season, has taken on the challenge of delivering Orangeville a NBL Canada title through its Men's program the A's. Both the A's, Orangeville Prep and Athlete institute are all owned by the same ownership, the Tipping family. Lesovsky is replaced by first year Bears head coach Chris Cobbina.
Patterson will pair up with 98' borns Oshae Brissett, Howard Washington and Jahvon Blair under the helm of of Cobbina. On paper with the addition of Patterson its hard to argue that AI aren't automaticlly the consensus favorite to win the 2017 OSBA title again. Many household names on paper but only one ball. Only time now will tell.