Bucs sign 6-foot-4 Juco wing Patterson

Joe Avento • May 3, 2019 at 8:10 PM

Vonnie Patterson, a 6-foot-4 wing, is the latest player to sign to play basketball at East Tennessee State.

Patterson has spent the last two seasons at John A. Logan College, the same junior college former ETSU player Devontavius Payne attended.

“Vonnie is a highly versatile player who can guard multiple positions,” ETSU coach Steve Forbes said. “He gives us another big wing with the ability to be a shutdown defender. Vonnie played in the same program that produced former Buccaneer Devontavius Payne, and we have a lot of respect for Kyle Smithpeters and his program.”

Patterson averaged 15.2 points and 7.3 rebounds last season while shooting 55 percent from the field.

”The first thing that stood out to me about ETSU was that Coach Forbes has coached a lot Juco players and understands the process for their success both on and off the court,” Patterson said. “ETSU showed me the most love throughout my recruiting process. I really felt connected to the coaches and players on my visit, and I also loved the winning culture and facilities.”


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