Carter to Sign in Spring; Patterson to D-League; Memphis' Kendrick to Play Tonight (UPDATED)

Former St. Bonaventure commit Elijah Carter will wait until the spring to sign with a school.

“Yes, I am,” Carter said by text.

Asked why he would not sign in the fall, Carter said, “So that I can bond more with the coaches I will be around for the next four years.”

The 6-foot-2 Carter, the No. 22 point guard in the Class of 2011, is still considering Oregon State, Seton Hall, Charlotte, Rhode Island and South Florida, but will now have an entire season at Brewster to mull his options — and perhaps consider other options.

“Yes, there is a chance new schools can get in,” he said.

The NCAA early signing period runs Nov. 10-17.

PATTERSON TO D-LEAGUE

Houston Rockets forward Patrick Patterson was assigned to the Rio Grande Valley Vipers, the Rockets’ NBA D-League affiliate.

The assignment marks the first time in the 2010-11 season an NBA player has been assigned to an NBA D-League affiliate, and it is the first assignment for Patterson, a rookie out of Kentucky.

Patterson (6-9, 235) has been on the inactive list for Houston’s first six games this season.  In six preseason games with the Rockets, Patterson averaged 4.3 points, 3.8 rebounds and 1.0 assists in 15.2 minutes per game.  Houston selected Patterson, an early entry candidate after his junior season, with the 14th overall pick in the 2010 NBA Draft, and he averaged 9.2 points and 7.2 rebounds in five games (four starts) with Houston in the 2010 NBA Summer League in Las Vegas.

One of five Kentucky players taken in the first round of the 2010 NBA Draft, Patterson finished his three-year career at Kentucky with averages of 16.1 points, 8.2 rebounds and 1.57 blocks in 97 games and was an All-SEC first team selection as a sophomore and a junior.  He also became the 10th fastest player to score 1,000 points at Kentucky (58 games).

Patterson will join Rio Grande Valley in training camp in anticipation of the Vipers’ opening game against the Texas Legends at home on Nov. 18, which will be televised nationally on VERSUS.  Rockets fans can keep track of Patterson and the Rio Grande Valley Vipers by logging onto nba.com/dleague to watch all of the Vipers games live, online, for free.

MEMPHIS’ KENDRICK TO PLAY TONIGHT

Memphis coach Josh Pastner confirmed a FoxSports.com report that freshman Jelan Kendrick will play in tonight’s exhibition against Christian Brothers at FedEx Forum.

“Jelan and I spoke and I set forth objectives for him to meet,” Pastner said by text. “He has done everything that has been asked of him and I am moving forward. This is an internal matter.”

CBSSports.com previously reported that the 6-6, 190-pound Kendrick had been indefinitely suspended while school officials investigated a verbal threat the freshman made against a teammate and cited an anonymous source that Kendrick had been in multiple fights with teammates since arriving on campus.

Kendrick was involved with another “personal matter” and didn’t travel with the Tigers to the Bahamas in August. CBSSports.com said Pastner banned Kendrick from the trip for a fight with a teammate.

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