Patterson Watches IU, IU Watches Patterson

Bloomington - Indianapolis Broad Ripple H.S. sophomore Ron Patterson made another trip to Bloomington, this time for Saturday's IU-Kentucky game. The IU staff followed that up with a trip to see Patterson play Decatur Central last night. Patterson talks about his trip and how his season has been going thus far...

Bloomington – Indianapolis Broad Ripple H.S. sophomore Ron Patterson has been relatively pleased with how things have unfolded in the early portion of his team's season.

Broad Ripple is off to a 3-1 start, including a 47-44 win last night over Decatur Central. With IU assistant coach Bennie Seltzer in attendance, the 6'3" wing had 16 points and a key steal in the contest, marking the fourth straight game he's scored in double figures.

The lone blemish on the team's schedule is a 42-41 loss to No. 5 Indianapolis Cathedral last week in a game where a last-second Broad Ripple tip-in was waved off by game officials, providing further evidence that Broad Ripple will be a team that can challenge for a top-10 ranking this season.

Individually, Patterson has been pleased with the strides he's made defensively from his freshman season, and he's averaging 16.3 points/game despite the fact Broad Ripple is playing a more methodical, half-court style under first-year coach Basil Mawbey.

There's only one thing missing, according to Patterson.

"I just can't hit a jump shot right now," Patterson admitted. "But it's going to come. It's just not there right now."

Whatever temporary struggles Patterson might be having from the perimeter, it's done nothing to squelch the intense recruiting interest in him. Indiana, Purdue, Illinois, Minnesota, Ohio State, DePaul, Tennessee, Xavier and Cincinnati have already offered scholarships, while programs such as North Carolina, Louisville and Georgetown are also taking notice.

What programs see is a tremendously gifted athlete with long arms that flourishes in the open court. He was one of the state's highest-scoring freshmen a season ago at 15.0 points per game, and he followed that up with a very good summer AAU season with Chris Hawkins' Spiece Indy Stars squad.

Indiana was one of the first to offer Patterson, and if anything Coach Tom Crean's interest has only intensified. Patterson was one of a handful of recruits on hand for Saturday's Indiana-Kentucky match-up, and the Hoosier coach has been a regular visitor to Patterson's high school games as well.

"I thought IU had it, and it ended up slipping away," Patterson said of Kentucky's 90-73 win at Assembly Hall. "But I really liked the atmosphere. That was the biggest crowd I've ever seen."

Patterson said he's also liked what he's seen from the Hoosiers as far as style of play. After averaging a Big Ten-low 60.1 points/game a year ago, Indiana has upped that to 73.4 points/game this season. That number figures to continue to rise in the coming years as Crean continues to employ his up-tempo brand of basketball.

"I liked (IU's up tempo style) a lot," Patterson said. "I could see myself playing like that one day." Top Stories