Indy 2012 Star Patterson Checks Out Illini

The Fighting Illini basketball coaches continue to pursue talent in the state of Indiana. That state is loaded with a outstanding prospects in the 2011 and 2012 classes, more than the state schools can possibly recruit. Ron Patterson paid a visit to the Illini for their Quincy exhibition game, and he is one of the best for 2012.

Ron Patterson is a sophomore at Indianapolis Broad Ripple. The explosive 6'-3" guard showcased his skills at the Illinois summer camp in Champaign in June, and everyone came away impressed with his potential.

He came back recently to watch the Illini play Quincy. Speaking at halftime of a game that was closer than expected, he expressed a preference for the home team.

"It's a pretty good game. I hope they don't lose."

Patterson made the trip with his coach plus Indianapolis Lawrence Central sophomore Jeremy Hollowell and Hollowell's mother. They toured the campus and facilities prior to the game. Illinois assistant Jay Price is the lead recruiter for both.

"He's pretty nice. A little laid back kind of dude."

Patterson's leaping ability helps him secure rebounds. He described his other skills.

"I like to have the ball in my hands all the time. I like to shoot, get to the basket, get a couple assists here or there, rebound, play defense."

He knows he needs to improve some aspects of his game.

"I want to work on my jump shot and my ball handling."

Patterson has an impressive list of schools showing interest in him. He is just beginning to look at his options.

"Illinois, Indiana, Purdue, Ohio State, Tennessee, Xavier, Minnesota, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State. This is my number one trip so far. I don't know right now, but I probably will make more trips."

Those visits will have to be sandwiched between high school games as the season begins soon. He thinks Broad Ripple will be good this year.

"We have a pretty good team. We've got a lot of transfers coming in who are pretty good. We had a pretty good team this summer without them."

Patterson and Hollowell played together on the 15U Indy Spiece All-Stars AAU team. They won all four tournaments they entered in July. The two are good friends and may wish to be a package deal. But Patterson is a long way away from making a decision on college.

"I'll probably wait until after my junior year to make a decision."

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