Posted On: 02/7/20 12:00 PM

Class of 2020 point guard Tahj Patterson of Lutheran North has experienced a lot of growth during his four years as a starter in the Crusaders' backcourt.

The 6'2" Patterson had two solid seasons at the beginning of his career as he played a complimentary role behind top scorers Jordan Nesbitt and Jordan White. Last season was supposed to be a big breakthrough season for the Crusaders, but Nesbitt transferred to St. Louis Christian Academy and White transferred to Marquette. With new coach Gerald Jones coming on board, he looked at Patterson has his best and most experienced player on the team.

"What I've learned over my four years at North is patience," he said. "I say that because I had to wait my turn and I wasn't the best player until my junior year. I had to step up a lot when we got a new coach. But, it wasn't a struggle because I've always had to be a leader."

In what could have been a rebuilding season, Patterson stepped up and led the Crusaders to a share of the Metro League championship. As a junior, he averaged 12.1 points, six rebounds and two assists

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