Well, this is very good news indeed, if he doesn't change his mind between now and then. We have all heard this before from players, but I am actually inclined to believe it from Patterson.
There is also a news story here that reports the same thing.
I must say that if this bears out, it casts Gillispie in a whole new light. Many have speculated that Patterson would leave because of the coach. At this precise moment, that appears to be demonstrably untrue.