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Should Patterson Go?

Playing devil's advocate here.

Will Patterson really fit in the DDMO?  I keep hearing that Patterson will benefit from having a year playing in the 4 spot (rather than the 5 where he has been).  But is the 4 spot in the DDMO really Patterson's true position?  From what I understand (please tell me if I'm wrong on this) the DDMO is a four out system where the 1-4 need to be able to put the ball on the floor and drive in for a layup, make the dump pass to the 5, or make an outlet pass to one of the other three out.  Can Patterson really initiate this offense (which all 4 out need to be able to do).

Don't get me wrong, Patterson is a hell of a player and I really hope to have him back next year, but is this system really for him?  Did Calipari recruit him out of high school at all?  This offense is very different from the High-Low we've been running with two in.  Patterson would be a complete beast at the 4 in that offense IMO.

Personally I think that Patterson's game would greatly benefit from a year in the system just because no matter what it's going to help him prepare for the NBA game where he's going to need to be able to do the same things that the DDMO requires him to do.  I'm just starting to think that his draft stock might be higher if he left now. 

Discuss!  Tell me how wrong I am.  If I'm just not understanding the DDMO and that's the issue please let me know, I'm still trying to figure it out (maybe some of you Memphis people that have watched more of their games than I have).

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