One of the top class of 2025 NCAA Basketball prospects is Darryn Patterson, a 6'5 shooting guard from Canton, Ohio, who currently plays from Huntington Prep in West Virginia. He's an elite propsect thanks to his size, measureables, and natural scoring ability at all three levels.
A couple of months ago, the five-star recruit had 16 programs that were in the running to land him. Now, we're down to just 8 teams based on a recent announcement. Here's a closer look at how Patterson would fit with the potential options.
Coach Musselman went the transfer route for this season's roster but a year ago, he landed three five-star commits, including Nick Smith Jr. His biggest success was with Anthony Black, who went from a top-30 player in the 2022 class to a top-10 pick in the 2023 NBA Draft.
With how friendly the offense has been for guards, Patterson could very well come in and be a focal point of the offense. However, depending on what kind of transfers he'll bring in that offense, he could also just end up as more of a role player as well.
Coach Scott Drew has quietly been one of the top developers of star freshman talent over the past few years. The latest example is Ja'Kobe Walter, a former top-25 prospect out of his school who is leading the team with 15.3 ppg and is a projected top-5 pick in some mock drafts at the moment.
Compared to Arkansas, Baylor doesn't load up on too many large classes so Patterson wouldn't have to worry about being in the background of another target. Plus, he can show his talents in the Big 12, arguably the best NCAA Basketball league.