Patterson A Rising Star in 2012 Class

Indianapolis - Indiana high school powerhouse Lawrence North is loaded with future Division I players, but it was Broad Ripple freshman Ron Patterson who had the attention of IU Coach Tom Crean and two other college coaches Wednesday night. Patterson talks about IU, his season, and his future...

Indianapolis – The secret is out about Ron Patterson.

He's no longer the long-armed, athletically gifted freshman wing from Broad Ripple H.S. that no one knows about.

He's now the long-armed, athletically-gifted freshman wing from Broad Ripple H.S. that everyone knows about.

Case in point – Wednesday night's sectional opener against No. 2 Lawrence North at Arlington High School. While Lawrence North's roster is loaded with future Division I players, it was the 15-year-old Patterson who attracted the most attention from college coaches. IU head coach Tom Crean, Iowa head coach Todd Lickliter and Ohio State assistant coach Brandon Miller were all in attendance, and they were all there to watch one of the rising stars in the 2012 class.

The attention is nothing new for Patterson, who already has scholarship offers from Indiana and Purdue and should soon add one from Ohio State as well. In addition to the interest from Indiana, Purdue, Ohio State and Iowa, he made a trip to Champaign, Ill., last weekend to check out Coach Bruce Weber's program, and he's expected to take a visit to Lexington, Ky., sometime soon to meet Kentucky Coach Billy Gillispie.

All of those programs have had either head coaches or assistants at Broad Ripple High School games in the last several months to scout the 6'3" Patterson, who averaged 15.0 points/game in his debut season.

"I notice the coaches there, and sometimes I'll hear from them before the game that they're going to be there," Patterson said. "But I try to block that out and just go out and play."

It would have been hard for Patterson to block Crean out of his mind Wednesday night, since the IU coach was located along the baseline under the basket at Arlington's gym. Patterson has clearly emerged as a top target for Crean in his efforts with the 2012 class.

"He says he likes how my arms are real long, how I can shoot, defend and rebound," Patterson said. "He's said those are the kinds of players he likes."

He did many of those things Wednesday, although it came in a lopsided 86-47 loss to Lawrence North that ended Broad Ripple's season at 11-11. Patterson finished with 10 points and nine rebounds, including seven on the offensive end. He didn't have the best of shooting nights (4-of-16 from the floor, 1-of-6 from behind the 3-point arc), but he showed off the skills that have Crean and others envisioning at their respective schools in three years.

"I think I'm a come-off-screens shooter, a rebounder, a defender, and I'm trying to become a complete scorer," Patterson said.

With three years of high school and AAU basketball remaining, Patterson still has plenty of time to work on all aspects of his game before he'll be set to join the college game. While he's been going to games at various schools in recent months, he said he's still a couple of years away from getting serious about making a decision about where he'll play in college.

Instead, his focus is on basketball and continuing to develop his game. With his high school season now concluded, he'll turn his attention to teaming up with the likes of Kellon Thomas, Jeremy Hollowell, Austin Burgett and others on a loaded Spiece Indy Stars 2012 team.

"I'm hoping for a great AAU season – even better than last year," Patterson said.


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