|Born||September 17, 1978|
|Listed height||5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)|
|Listed weight||165 lb (75 kg)|
|High school||East Forsyth
(Winston-Salem, North Carolina)
|College||Appalachian State (1996–2000)|
|NBA draft||2000 / Undrafted|
|Pro playing career||2000–2010?|
|2001||Asheville Altitude (NBDL)|
|2003||Hickory Nutz (CBL)|
|2009–2010||Forssan Koripojat (Finland)|
|Career highlights and awards|
Tyson Patterson (born September 17, 1978) is an American former professional basketball player. He is 5'9", weighs 165 pounds and played the point guard position. Patterson played college basketball at Appalachian State University (ASU) between 1996–97 and 1999–2000. Through the 2011–12 season he still holds school records for assists in a game (14), season (218), and career (638), steals in a season (87), and field goal percentage in a game (100%, 12-for-12 shooting).
After graduating from East Forsyth High School in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, Patterson enrolled at ASU to play for the Mountaineers. In his first season, ASU finished with a 14–14 overall record and a third place finish in the Southern Conference's (SoCon) North Division. During his final three seasons, however, Patterson was the leader in what ASU calls "perhaps the finest four-year span in [their] hardwood history." Between 1998 and 2000, the Mountaineers rattled off three consecutive North Division titles, made it to the SoCon Tournament championship game every season (winning it in 2000, thereby earning their school's second-ever NCAA Tournament bid), and compiled a three-year win-loss record of 65–25 (39–8 SoCon). Patterson led ASU in both assists and steals in each of his final three years, was a three-time All-SoCon Tournament Team selection, a two-time First Team All-SoCon (regular season) selection, and as a senior was named the SoCon Tournament MVP as well as the conference player of the year. In 2009, Patterson was inducted into the Appalachian State Hall of Fame.
As an undersized guard coming from a mid-major basketball program, no National Basketball Association (NBA) teams selected him in the 2000 NBA Draft. Patterson carved out a professional career and semi-professional career that took him to leagues all over the world as well as in the United States. Other than the United States, he has played for clubs in Belgium, Finland, France, Iceland, Mexico, Switzerland and Venezuela. Some of his highlights include leading Finland's Korisliiga in assists per game (5.2) in 2007–08, winning France's LNB Pro B championship in 2004–05, and also being named LNB Pro B's "Foreign Players' MVP" that same season.
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