From Andrew Wiggins to Jamal Murray to R.J. Barrett, Canada has had a steady stream of high-major Division I and NBA talent in recent years.
Wiggins (Kansas) and Murray (Kentucky) are already in the NBA, while the Duke-bound Barrett is the projected No. 1 pick in 2019.
The next Canadian in that line could be Addison Patterson, the 6-foot-7 class of 2020 shooting guard from the CIA Bounce AAU program and Athlete Institute Prep.
"This kid's special, really special," said Tony McIntyre, the CIA Bounce director and the father of Canadian players Dylan and Tyler Ennis. "He's not even scratching the surface of his upside. He's a straight-up scorer. He can control the ball. He's an amazing passer. He sees things coming in slow motion, but he's got some dog in him and he's hungry. He's a lot like a Jamal Murray, Dillon Brooks mix where he's got a desire to be great and he hates losing."
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Patterson credits Barrett, who is a year older, with instilling a killer instinct in him back when they were middle school friends in Ontario.
"He would always just tell me to kill," Patterson said. "I was always one of the best players in my class but I used to be kind of passive. He would tell me, 'Just kill, don't play with nobody,' and since everybody told me that I just ended up being a killer and just killing everyone on the court."
Said Mcintyre: "On the court, the kid's just a straight-up killer. He wants to score. He can shoot it, he can pass, he plays at all three levels. The kid is, in my eyes, going to be a top five pick at the end of the day. He's that hungry."
Patterson, 16, picked up scholarship offers from Syracuse and USC after the Dallas EYBL session, where he averaged 23.5 points and 6.0 rebounds per game. For the season he's averaging 21.0 points and 5.5 rebounds. He previously held offers from Arizona State, Florida, and Oregon, which has had several Canadians in recent years.
Syracuse has also built quite a Canadian pipeline recently, from Tyler Ennis (now with the Lakers) to current players Howard Washington and Oshae Brissett, a projected second-round pick in 2019 per ESPN.com.
"Two players from my team last year went this year, Howard Washington and Oshae Brissett, so there's a relationship with them at my school," Patterson said of Syracuse.
Still, it's early in his recruitment and he has no list as of yet.
"I dont close off any schools right now," he said. "I'm open to anything. I'm just trying to get as many offers as I can so I have more to choose from."
While Barrett and other Canadians, including Florida-bound point guard Andrew Nembhard, have reclassed ahead a year, Patterson is uncertain at this point whether he'll eventually reclassify to 2019.
"I don't know, maybe," he said. "It depends how it looks for my college season and recruitment and all that."
In the near future, CIA Bounce is just 2-6 on the EYBL circuit and will need to make major strides at the final two EYBL stops to have a chance at Peach Jam in July.
"Most of the games we lost were just very winnable games that we just couldn't close out so I feel like that's just a lack of experience and maturity on our part," he said. "If we can clean up that and stay together we'll be able to pull it together and make Peach Jam."
Patterson also plans to play this summer for the Canadian U17 and U18 teams. His teammates on the U18 team could include Nembhard, A.J. Lawson and Emanuel Miller, among others.
The U18 team will compete in the FIBA Americas U18 Championship for Men in St. Catharines, Ontario, on June 10-16. The top four teams qualify for the FIBA U19 Basketball World Cup 2019.
Patterson plans to bring his killer instinct with him for those events.