An incredible athlete with big-time jumping ability, Patterson led his Indiana Elite-ONE AAU team to the semifinals of the Adidas May Classic recently before falling to the Eric Gordon All-Stars, led by another Louisville recruit, Jeremy Hollowell. Last weekend, Patterson travelled to North Carolina for the Bob Gibbons Tournament of Champions.
"He's been playing well this spring," Chris Hawkins, Patterson's AAU coach said. "He's willing to put in the time and effort on his jump shot. We're still working on his ball handling but he's become an [offensive] facilitator for us as teams try to gear up and stop him."
Patterson is drawing strong regional recruiting attentional. He already has offers from Indiana, Purdue, Tennessee, Ohio State, Illinois, Minnesota, Xavier and Cincinnati. What do college coaches like about Patterson's ability?
"They really like his wingspan (6-foot-11)," Hawkins said. "He's got long arms and that helps get deflections. They like his intensity and things that he brings on the defensive end. And then he can jump out of the gym and improved his jump shot. They really like his athleticism and are impressed with his defense and how hard he gets after it offensively and defensively. Those are the things that coaches talk about when they call about him."
Louisville is also showing strong interest. The Cardinals have been developing a relationship with Patterson and have watched him twice in open gym settings this spring. Patterson will head south to visit Rick Pitino's program in mid-June.
"He's talked with Louisville three or four times," Hawkins said. "He's talked with Walter [McCarty] and Coach Pitino. They came up to watch him in open gym twice and Ron is going to get down there in a few weeks. We're going to head down there, look at the campus, talk to Coach McCarty and Coach Pitino and go from there."
Will Louisville put an offer on the table for Patterson?
"They haven't said too much about that," Hawkins said. "They are really just trying to get to know him and we're trying to get Coach McCarty and Coach Pitino to talk to Ron and his parents. We haven't explored an offer. He's just going to to get familiar with the program."
If UofL makes an offer, Patterson would have high interest in the Cardinals, according to Hawkins.
"I think he's very interested," said Hawkins. "Louisville is a program that likes to get up and down and he likes to get up and down the court. I think it's a system that would benefit him and he would help them too. They got all the way to Elite Eight two years ago so he's very familiar with Louisville."
Louisville appears to have time to decide on Patterson, who doesn't plan to make a decision until next year.
"Right now he's still early in the process," said Hawkins. "He's visited a lot of the schools that have offered. They're all on the same playing field. After this summer, he'll have a clear idea where he wants to go. He's just trying to figure it out. Everybody is even now."