’24 4-star target Dink Patt plans Arkansas trip

Dallas-Arkansas is chasing after four-star basketball target, Dink Butt, and because of that he is looking to make his way to Fayetteville in the near future.

Razorbacks coach Eric Muselman and assistant coaches Keith Smart and Gus Argenal have been in constant contact with Pate while also visiting the school on a consistent basis. It feels like a priority.

“I talk to Coach Moselman every day, every night,” Pat said. “Coach Smart just came here earlier (Tuesday).”

Pate, 6-8, 180, of Dallas Pinkstone, has 27 scholarship offers from schools like Arkansas, Alabama, Arizona, TCU, Texas A&M, Houston, LSU, Auburn and Central Florida.

Pat is looking forward to an official visit to Fayetteville in mid-October or November.

“I’m already ready to go to campus at some point. I spoke with Coach Mosselman about making an appointment,” he said

While Pate is a 4-star potential customer, he has been rated #21 in the nation by Rivals. Moselman and his staff preach how to believe in his abilities.

“They kept telling me they believed in me,” Pat said. “They believe in me. They recruit me as a key goalkeeper because that’s the position I play. Just because I’m 6-8 years old, everyone thinks I took off from a low level. That’s not the case.

“I can lift the ball and I can facilitate the game. That’s what coach Mosselmann told me.”

Pat also praised Razorbacks fans for the way they support the program.

June 15 was the first day college coaches could make direct contact with junior prospects. Pat was injured by several coaches on the midnight strike.

“When it first happened, on June 15, as soon as 12:00 arrived, 22 coaches called me,” Pat said. “Since I’ve been on the phone with one of the coaches, another coach is calling me. For my mum and illusion to help me, it helps me take some pressure off me and all I have to worry about is basketball. I think that’s good for me.”

While he does his share of networking with college coaches, his parents and Bankstone coach Cedric Griffin try to take some of the burden off him.

“I think it’s all about my circuit. My family and I have a lot to do with this,” Pat said. “My mom and dad, they handle most of that. They just tell me to go out and play basketball – something I love to do. Coach (Griffin), all coaches take over.”

Moved to Prolific Prep in Napa, California, for the sophomore season. As a freshman at Pinkston, he was named a Dallas Morning News Newcomer of the Year after averaging 18 points, 6.3 rebounds, and 3.4 assists per game.

Griffin describes Patty as a great kid and a very competitive person.

“I think what makes Pat a great basketball player is his work ethic. He works hard, he trains and he puts in the time to improve and he is competitive,” said Griffin.

Griffin remembers seeing Pat in seventh grade and then knew he was different.

“I just said, ‘Wow,’ said Griffin. ‘I think he was in high school and then when he told me he was in seventh grade, I was like, ‘Wow, this kid is going to be special.'”

Pate averaged 10 points, 8 assists, and 6 rebounds per game for Team Trae Young at Adidas during the summer. He made unofficial visits to Alabama, Texas A&M, and Tulsa.

He and Arkansas new goalkeeper Anthony Black are best friends.

“Anthony and I, we’re really tough,” said Pat, who included a photo of Black while announcing his show from the Razorbacks in July. “He talks about Arkansas all the time, every time I talk to him.”

With Black and his new teammates Jordan Walsh and Nick Smith being 5-star former recruits, Arkansas’s recruiting was noted at a high level with the 2022 class ranking second nationally.

He’s also familiar with Razorbacks Duncanville, Texas, recruiting 5-star Ron Holland in the 2023 class.

“I played (against) Jordan in my freshman year,” Pat said. “I haven’t played with Nick, but Ron, if he chooses to go to Arkansas, I think it would be a good move for him. I know Ron, but I don’t know him that way to tell him where he should go.”

A sports lover, Pat said that if he wasn’t playing basketball, he’d be a baseball player.

“Rule one is really where to work,” Pat said. “Outfielder, there’s no business there.”

Pat, who averages 3.4 points, is looking to major in sports management so he can stay active in sports beyond his playing days.

He has a good idea when he wants to make his college decision.

“I plan to commit after my last AAU match,” he said.

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