Chicago native Manny Patterson to bring 'heart and passion' to SEMO hoops
New Southeast Missouri State men’s basketball coach Brad Korn and Redhawk assistant Dustin Yoder have roots in the state of Illinois that both hope to tap into as they build their basketball program.
The Redhawks recently offered a scholarship to Tuscola (Ill.) High School junior guard Jalen Quinn in hopes that he eventually selects Southeast, but the Redhawks have already secured a talented and experienced prospect in Chicago native Manny Patterson.
The 6-foot-8 forward is transferring from Green Bay for his final season of eligibility in 2021-22 and he said Korn’s diligence in recruiting him was a big reason he chose the Redhawks.
“When I talked with the coaches,” Patterson said. “They made me feel wanted. I had multiple conversations with Coach Korn about what I wanted to do, what my goals were, and what I wanted to accomplish.”
What Patterson wants to “accomplish” is to become a professional player and he believes the next 16 months will help to determine that.
Patterson will sit out this coming season per NCAA transfer rules and he and the Southeast coaches have a plan to address his game and help him evolve during his time off the court.
“I want to get better on my lateral movement,” Patterson explained, “and get stronger so that I can guard all five positions.”
Patterson started 55 games over the past three seasons for the Phoenix, including 24 this past season, as his role fluctuated from significant to sparing.
The final week of this past season was indicative of Patterson’s year. He started both games but played 32 minutes in a win over Oakland before seeing just nine minutes in the season finale against Northern Kentucky.
He nearly had a double-double (eight points, 10 rebounds) against the Grizzlies, so when given playing time, he is capable of being productive at the NCAA Division I level.
“I’m able to finish,” Patterson said of his skill set. “I’m able to post up and score. I am able to pop out and hit the 15-footer.”
Patterson wasn’t a 3-point shooter for Green Bay (just three attempts), but he’d like to work on his handling and perimeter shooting during his year off.
“I can get you a double-double,” Patterson said, “but at (Green Bay), I got limited touches.”
He wants to make an impact offensively for Southeast, but Patterson said he has improved defensively, so he has the ability to help the Redhawks at that end of the court, as well.
“I can play at both ends of the floor,” Patterson said.
During this pandemic, the 220-pound athlete has a facility to work out in and has already been speaking with Southeast assistant strength and conditioning coach Tony Brutofsky about a regiment to follow.
He says his Chicago background will play a big part in his continued development.
“I come from a place where you have to want (success),” Patterson said. “You have to have heart because nothing is going to be given to you.”
Patterson scored in double figures eight times this season and played over 20 minutes 13 times. He also had 10 games in which he grabbed at least seven rebounds.
“(Chicago players) always do all of the extra things to get what we want,” Patterson said. “It shows because we play with so much heart and passion.”
When Patterson takes the court in 2021-22, he will join center Nate Johnson, as well as forwards Nana Akenten and Dylan Branson.
Southeast has three open scholarships for the class of 2022.