Greg McDermott announced that Justin Patton would redshirt during the 2015-2016 basketball season.
After a long talk with @JustinPatton17 tonight, we mutually agreed that a redshirt is in his best interest. He has a bright future ahead!— Coach McDermott (@cucoachmac) November 13, 2015
Patton tweeted shortly thereafter, letting the Bluejay faithful know that he's excited to work hard during his year off with the coaching staff.
This is gonna be fun grinding with this AMAZING coaching staff and team. #RollJays— BigMuddy (@JustinPatton17) November 13, 2015
I speculate that this decision probably came after looking at Patton and thinking, "Man, you could be phenomenal if we got you into our weight training program and let you bulk up a bit." Patton, who claims Omaha as his home and was a graduate of Omaha Central High School, was a highly touted recruit that Greg McDermott scooped up early on in Patton's senior year of high school. The 6'10 215lb C/PF definitely could've used some more time gaining some sweet, sweet muscle mass, which he'll have plenty of time for now. Here's a profile I did on Patton back in September!