Chris Hawkins, Ron Patterson’s AAU coach, said that Patterson will not be enrolling at Indiana for the 2012-13 season. This alleviates Indiana’s scholarship crunch, but it also means the Hoosiers lose a highly regarded shooting guard from Broad Ripple. The four-star guard graduated from Broad Ripple as the school’s all-time leading scorer. The 6-foot-3 wing with a wingspan over 7-feet was considered one of the best defenders in the Class of 2012. More to come on this.
UPDATE: Spoke to a source for some background on this. Patterson had been academically qualified through his combination of standardized test scores and high school grades. However, Patterson apparently had a very difficult summer academically and will not be admitted to IU this year. A meeting of a council of faculty advisors handed that decision down on Wednesday. Patterson has the option of transferring to a four-year college or also going to prep school. If he does attend a prep school, he will likely still be recruited by IU going forward.
UPDATE: Some more background. A major issue at play in Patterson’s case is faculty sponsorship. Faculty sponsorship is a program that is available for not only student athletes but any student whose grades and test scores do not necessarily qualify them for “automatic” admission to Indiana, but that have good probabilities of being able to handle the necessary work and might often be able to bring other talents to the university. (I.e. certain music majors might qualify). Faculty members in that case agree to take on these students as a sponsor. Most athletes are on sponsorship, as the standards for regular students are fairly high and students that might be considered better than average in high school might still need sponsorships.
The is a screening process, however, for those students to determine whether they can actually handle the work. Simply put, Patterson did not pass this process. There will be more details to come.
UPDATE: Tom Crean just put out a statement on Ron Patterson: “We think very highly of Ron and will continue to work with him as allowed to help him reach his goals. He has the chance to do some special things for himself and his family and we will be supportive of whatever he chooses to do.”