Ron Patterson makes it four


 

Ron Patterson signs his letter of intent

Broad Ripple guard Ron Patterson the second player to commit to Indiana’s vaunted 2012 class and the one who dubbed it “The Movement” signed his letter of intent at 3 p.m. on Wednesday, leaving Lawrence Central swingman Jeremy Hollowell as the last of the five committed players waiting to sign. Hollowell has a signing day ceremony scheduled for 7 p.m.

Patterson was asked the words “The Movement” have come to mean to him.

“It means hang banners and win championships,” Patterson said.

Though Patterson is rated fourth of the five players in the Class, checking in at 131 in Rivals.com’s Top 150 rankings for the class, his unique skill set could make him the piece of the puzzle that makes that possible. The 6-foot-3, 195-pounder has a 6-10 wingspan and unlike most top prospects, is better known for his abilities as a defender than for his offensive skills.

“His big asset is on the defensive end,” Broad Ripple coach Scott Hicks said. “I think Ron Patterson is one of the best defenders in the area, in the state. He has a great opportunity to in with that special class and help them anyway he can. His wingspan is like no other. He’s outstanding. At 6-3, he plays probably  6-5, 6-6 and has great length. He’s long, he’s very athletic, quick and he competes. He’s a young man who wants to play defense. And he’s a gym rat. You get those tangibles, and he’s a great defender.”

He is trying to add to his offensive game though, and is especially trying to work on his point guard skills. That could be necessary especially for the 2013-14 season. The Hoosiers will likely still have Yogi Ferrell as the starting point guard at that point, but they don’t have another point guard committed to be in the program at that point.

“We’re looking to play him at probably three positions including the point guard,” Hicks said. “So he can be able to handle the ball a lot more under those circumstances with pressure and things of that nature. Making point guard decisions. Those are things he’s gonna have to work on, really his ball handling, going left, going right. Things without the ball and running a team.”

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21 comments:

  • Recruit Guy says:

    That hair….oh my

  • Mass.Hoosier says:

    Would not want to be the guy that has to sit behind her the next four years.

  • Spe says:

    Huge fan of his mom. The Bus is my favorite, if only because of his mom. And I in no way mean this to be offensive.

  • indianavelt says:

    Welcome RP to the best basketball program in the nation. May you and the movement have great success at Indiana University. And to Ron’s parents, thank you for raising a fine young man.

  • Sam says:

    Very glad to have The Buss on the team. He brings a physical prescence on defense this team desperately needs. And he has a year to really work on the offense so I would expect his game to be more complete by the time he suits up for IU. Congrats to Ron and his family. Congrats to Coach Crean and his staff for a tremendous class.

  • eric says:

    Welcome to IU, Ron! I think you’d look good in Greg Graham’s old #20–he also had a long wingspan and hounded the daylights out of people on defense, and won Big Ten Defensive POY in ’93. Just a thought. Not sure who has #20 now.

  • Creeg says:

    eric, Taylor Wayer, walk on sophomore, currently holds the #20 jersey.

  • hoosierfromky says:

    ron patterson thank you so much!! you will bring something to iu that we havent seen since 02. DEFENSE!!!! believe it or not ron we used to have a pretty good coach here that thought defense won championships!! i think coach crean is waking up to that fact also. you will be much appreciated at indiana. there are still some of us that love to see a player hold his man down. the great thing about iu is we love a kid who rebounds and plays d more than we do a lazy shooter!!! love moms hair. agree with top guy though dont want to sit behind her at the hall!! lol

  • Rich says:

    Whooooo! That’s some awesome hair!

  • doglog says:

    “agree with top guy though dont want to sit behind her at the hall!! lol”

    yeah, like you would ever have seats as good as mrs. patterson

  • Boomer says:

    I love Ron’s attitude. Let’s get ready to hang some banners! Welcome to the team, Ron! Go IU!!!!

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  • Hoosier Clarion says:

    RP’s “D” @ IU = SHOWTIME

  • hoosierfromky says:

    carion- showtime was a referance given to the 80’s los angelas lakers explosive offense. how could rp’s d = showtime?? see what i mean dude? isn’t that just lame??

  • hoosierfromky says:

    doglog- i know i wont ever have those seats!
    im sure ticket prices are going yo go up a dollar or two next year also!!

  • Hoosier Clarion says:

    I conjured thoughts Ktuck could not fathom RP’s “D” @ IU = SHOWTIME.

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    Whew that hair is hideous….Congrats and way to go RP!!!!

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