Southport – The top priority for Ron Patterson this summer isn't so much about developing something new as it is about regaining something he had.
"I'm trying to get my jump shot back," Patterson said. "I lost it, so I'd like to find it again."
One of the most talked about and coveted in-state players on the 2012 class, the ultra-athletic wing from Indianapolis' Broad Ripple H.S. combines an ability to attack the rim with a deft touch from behind the 3-point arc. But a late-season back injury in a loss to Lawrence Central threw off his jump shot, and he never could regain it down the high school season's home stretch.
The end result was a disappointing first-round exit from sectionals with a loss to Warren Central after a 16-6 regular season.
"I tried to drive the ball and they just collapsed on me," Patterson said. "So I tried shooting it and wasn't knocking them down."
Patterson's back is now back to 100 percent, and he appeared to have regained his shooting stroke at last weekend's workout with his Indiana Elite One teammates at Southport H.S. He'll return to action this weekend when Indiana Elite One opens the AAU season at the IndyBall.com Shootout in Indianapolis.
Patterson is teaming up with plenty of talented players on Coach Bob Pryor's team, including Southport's Kellon Thomas, Pendleton Heights' Kellen Dunham, Roncalli's Ryan Weber and his Broad Ripple H.S. teammate Aaron Payne. As solid as that cast is, though, it's clear that Patterson will be the player Indiana Elite One often turns to when it needs a big basket.
"When we need scoring they want me to score, and when we're down, they want me to put the team on my back," Patterson said.
Patterson has been doing that on both the AAU circuit and in high school ever since his freshman season. That's why he's already amassed a lengthy list of scholarship offers, including the likes of Indiana, Xavier, Cincinnati, Ohio State, Illinois, Iowa and Tennessee.
A handful of those schools made deep runs in the NCAA Tournament, and Patterson was watching. Xavier, in particular, was a school that Patterson was keeping a close eye on, in large part because of the successes of a former Hoosier.
"They can get up and down the floor, and I like what I see from Jordan Crawford," Patterson said.
Indiana, meanwhile, missed out on the NCAA Tournament for a second straight season as Tom Crean continues his efforts to rebuild the program and return it to national prominence. While it's been a difficult process, Patterson is confident that it won't be long before the Hoosiers are back.
"I know when I come – or if I go there – they're going to be good," Patterson said. "I know Coach Crean will get them there."
Patterson Talks Start of AAU, Recruiting
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