Let's make a deal
ESPN tried to get a hoop scoop on Patrick Patterson's college choice. The cable network offered to televise the player's announcement if he would reveal the choice a half hour before the 3:45 p.m. news conference.
That way, ESPN gets a scoop to put on a crawl at the bottom of the screen, while Patterson gets national exposure.
"Thank you, but no thank you," the player's mother, Tywanna Patterson, said she told ESPN. "This is what he wanted to do. More personal and at the high school ... .
"This is not about show. It's about family."
Patterson described his mother's reaction as telling ESPN, "You can come to the news conference like everybody else."