Dec. 13, 2002
UCLA sophomore Andre Patterson on Friday (Dec. 13) was ruled academically eligible and was readmitted to UCLA. Saturday (Dec. 14) is his first day of UCLA eligibility and Patterson can play for the Bruins when they host Portland at 5 p.m. in Pauley Pavilion.
Patterson, a 6-7 forward who appeared in 29 games for the Bruins as a true freshman in 2001-02, was declared academically ineligible by UCLA last September (before the start of UCLA's fall quarter). He spent the fall semester at Santa Monica City College and has met the academic conditions for readmission to UCLA. Patterson will begin winter quarter classes at UCLA on Monday, Jan. 6.
"I am grateful to have the opportunity to return to UCLA as a student-athlete," Patterson said. "It will be great to be back on the court with my Bruin teammates."
As a true freshman last season, Patterson averaged 2.3 points and 2.1 rebounds and shot 50.0 (28-56) from the field, with 18 blocked shots. As a senior in 2000-01, he attended high school at Washington Prep in Los Angeles.
"Our staff and team are delighted to have Andre back with us," said Bruin head coach Steve Lavin. "Before rejoining our team, Andre's first responsibility was his academics and he's met that challenge with a renewed commitment to his studies. On the basketball court, we have missed Andre's presence both offensively and defensively. His talents and work ethic will immediately help our team."