2012 Intro: Ron Patterson

Ron Patterson began receiving college attention as a freshman in high school. Now, as a sophomore, he's up to nine scholarship offers and has taken a number of visits.

College coaches in the Midwest are quite familiar with Indianapolis (Ind.) Broad Ripple sophomore Ron Patterson, but the interest in the 6-foot-3, 180-pound shooting guard continues to grow.

Offers from Indiana, Purdue, Illinois, Ohio State, Cincinnati, Xavier, Tennessee, DePaul and Minnesota are on the table. Now schools like LSU, Georgetown, North Carolina, Stanford, Oklahoma and Louisville are getting in the mix.

So why all of the early interest for a 2012 prospect?

"He's really trying to get that complete total package," Patterson's AAU coach Chris Hawkins said. "A lot of schools really love the defense and his shooting a lot. They see his athleticism and that he can shut down people."

"I think his wing span is 7'1 so he's always in the passing lanes," he added. "Also athletically he can jump out of the gym. He can finish with either hand. The one thing that he's really improved on is his jump shot and his three-point shooting."

After a solid freshman season at Broad Ripple and a terrific spring and summer playing with the Spiece Indy Stars, Patterson's recruitment took off.

"It happens early for some kids and he's one of those," Hawkins said. "He's taking it slow and he's taking visits here and there when he's available too. He's just taking his time with it."

Patterson has already taken unofficial visits to Ohio State, Purdue, Indiana, Illinois, Butler, Xavier, Cincinnati and Tennessee.

"I think he's starting to look at each team and how they play," Hawkins said. "He's trying to figure out the best place for him. With the decision making process he's probably still a long ways away."

"I think going to the campuses and on the visits and talking to the coaches is helping give him an idea about these universities," he added.

According to Hawkins, Patterson will likely shut down the visit process for a bit, as he's getting ready to tip off his sophomore season. Patterson and Broad Ripple begin play against Guerin Catholic on Friday.


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