UCLA sophomore Andre Patterson was ruled academically eligible and readmitted to UCLA on Friday, December 13. Saturday, December 14, was his first day of UCLA eligibility and he played for the Bruins when they hosted Portland (Dec. 14).
Patterson, a 6-7 forward 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, January 6.
As a true freshman last season, Patterson averaged 2.3 points, 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.
UCLA— Patterson signed with the Bruins on April 11 … Selected UCLA over Kentucky and Michigan … From Washington Prep in Los Angeles, Patterson attended Concordia Lutheran HS in Ft. Wayne, IN for three seasons (1998-00) before moving to Los Angeles and attending Washington Prep.
High School—Averaged 26.8 points and 13 rebounds per game in senior season … Patterson led Washington Prep to the quarterfinals of the City Tournament … In that game, Fairfax defeated Washington Prep 69-64, with Patterson scoring 33 points … Was named a finalist for the McDonald’s All-America Game … Named to Cal-Hi Sports CIF Div. 1 first team … Cited by Los Angeles Times as co-Player of the Year for the Central City area … Shared MVP honors with current Bruin teammate Dijon Thompson at the Long Beach Roundball Extravaganza in June, one of Southern California’s top showcases of prep talent … Entered last season rated as the second-best small forward in the West … Ranked ninth among all players at the 2000 Nike Summer Camp … Andre was touted as one of the nation’s top recruits, placing 16th in Hoop Scoop’s preseason poll and 28th in the final 2001 poll.
Personal— Born: May 12, 1983 … Parents: Andre Patterson Sr. and Teresa Patterson … Undeclared major.