Patterson Goes In-Depth on Cuse Commitment

Syracuse received its fourth commitment of the 2013 class as shooting guard Ron Patterson made his pledge during his official visit. He spoke to about the visit, his decision to commit, and has a special message for Syracuse fans.

Ron Patterson took his official visit to Syracuse over the weekend. He didn't leave town without deciding to play for the Orange. He spoke about his visit and commitment with

Patterson spent a couple days in Syracuse on his trip. His hosts were Michael Carter-Williams and Jerami Grant. He enjoyed his time on campus hanging out with the guys.

"Friday I got in and watched practice," Patterson explained. "After that we went out to dinner. I got to spend some time with the staff. Then I hung out with Michael Carter-Williams and Jerami Grant Friday night. We just chilled. I knew Jerami from playing against him during AAU ball and we were teammates on at the NBA camp.  They told me I'll love it if I come there. The fans show a lot of appreciation and it's a good place to play.

"On Saturday, I woke up and had breakfast. I watched the early practice again. After practice I went up to the office and sat down with my parents. That was when I committed."

Part of the reason he was ready to commit was his impression of the campus, the team, and how they practice. The impression it left made his decision much easier.

"I thought practice is run well," Patterson said. "There's a lot of coaching by the assistant coaches and I liked that. It was really good. They work hard. 

"I visited the Carrier Dome and the Melo Center. It's a great facility. That's a lot of people to play in front of at the Carrier Dome. I like how cool it was at the Melo Center."

As is generally the case in any prospect's recruitment, Patterson's relationship with his parents was very important. He said they have known Syracuse was the place he would end up playing college basketball.

"I think my parents knew after I told them Syracuse was recruiting me," the Indianapolis product described. "They knew I was going there because I always talk about Carmelo Anthony, how he played for Syracuse, and how I wanted to play for Syracuse when I was younger."

After speaking with the staff, hanging out with some of the players, and seeing the facilities, Patterson knew Syracuse was the choice for him. 

"First I committed to Gerry McNamara," Patterson recalled. "I told him I wanted to come there. He wanted me to break the news to Coach Jim Boeheim. I told him after we got done watching practice. He's very laid back. He told me he was happy and that I'm part of the family now.

"It just felt like home to me. I was comfortable with everybody. It felt like the right place for me. I can play good on the 2-3 zone and get into passing lanes. I can create my own shot and work well off the pick and rolls."

Knowing he's going to be playing in front of so many fans in the Carrier Dome is important to Patterson. He has a message for Syracuse fans as he looks forward to his college career.

"I'm going to play hard every possession," Patterson declared. "Every time I'm on the court, non-stop. We're going to light it up."

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