2012 Intro: Ron Patterson

  • 05/27/2010 6:27 am in

The Essentials: 6-3, 200-lb guard for Broad Ripple and Indiana Elite

The Schools: Illinois, Indiana, Minnesota, Ohio State, Purdue, Tennessee and Xavier have offered scholarships.

The Quote: “I am still a ways off on all of this, but I still like IU. It’s just somewhere I could come play, and I could start. It’s close to home.” – Patterson to Hugh Kellenberger of The Herald-Times.

The Ranking: The Hoop Scoop ranks Patterson the 77th best prospect in the 2012 class.

The Scout Says: “Over the course of the past year we’ve seen Patterson a number of times, but his effort Sunday was the best we’ve seen from him. He’s turned himself into a pretty good long-range shooter off the catch and his shooting off the dribble is much improved as well. On top of that, he’s a good athlete that focuses on rebounding the basketball from the guard position.” – Scout.com analyst Evan Daniels on Patterson following the adidas May Classic.

The Highlights:

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  • psvirsky

    I would love to see this kid at IU and hopefully commit soon. Let's get things going!

  • Kelin Blab

    A lot to like about Buss…..

    + The Nickname
    + The effort at 1:50 and the athletic ability at 4:03
    + His freshmen year people around basketball said if Patterson develops a jumpshot he will be one of the best in the state by his senior year….That time has arrived a year or two early
    + A 2012 class of him and Perea would be massive, no matter who they add. I am also in the camp of Jurkin given the type of play Crean likes and he is fleet of foot.

    I really think IU needs to get a PG that can run a team, run the floor, and get the ball out to kids like Buss, VO, Perea etc…..

  • eph521

    Sorry to be off subject… but has anyone seen the article in the Star today about the Westfield 6-8 center who is coming to IU as a 'preferred' walk-on?

  • eph521

    yes, I like the nickname too… wonder where it came from? If this was football I would suspect the nickname came from his powerful running game… but I digress…

  • BFowler

    Great athlete, good prospect, Indiana kid wants to play at Indiana – I don't see a reason not to go after this kid hard, unless there is something I don't know about off the court. I love the confidence he has – “….I could start….” I did not see a lot of apparent cockiness after his highlight dunks. I was impressed with this highlight tape. It looked like he had a lot of variety in his offensive moves – pull up jumpers, stand still jumpers, drives, etc. Hopefully he will start off the 2012 recruiting class committment stream.

  • IUfanPurduePhD

    “Jeff Howard, who led Westfield to a sectional runner-up finish, will join the Indiana University basketball team as a preferred walk-on. Howard, a 6-8 center, averaged 16.8 points, 12.9 rebounds and 3.1 assists as a senior in earning Indianapolis Star All-North Player of the Year honors.”
    (now people don't have to go searching for the [very short] article)

  • IUfanPurduePhD

    With Perea's wingspan (akin to that of a 7-footer) and Buss' nose for the ball, I wonder if Crean would consider pressing at times, just to change things up (ha ha, although that's *way* in the future … but it seems like those two would be cornerstones for a press & trap D).

  • Disco_Briscoe

    Patterson and Perea would be awesome! Love the athleticism. Getting a quick, explosive point along with those 2 and I'm excited. I know 2012 is far away but these kids are filthy.

  • eph521

    thanks PhD… I almost posted the link but didn't want to promote the Star too much in an ITH forum. But sharing the article itself is a good idea…

  • CreamandCrimson

    I have seen Ron Patterson play three or four times over the past three seasons. He was immensely improved at the end of last year. Anyone who saw him play at last year’s City tournament left convinced there weren’t 70 players better than him in the 2012 class.

    Patterson is strong, aggressive, he can finish at the rim through contact, he has developed a good shot and Basil Mawby will continue to improve his defense. Grab a point guard, a wing and a big in 2011 (J. Davis, AE and Zeller), add a freakishly athletic swing man and a strong two guard in 2012 (Perea and Patterson) and our Hoosiers are back on the big stage in a big way! We can’t miss out on this one.

  • JerryCT

    As these films go I was beginnign to wonder if he had any penetration game then at about 5:30 it began ……… then that mostly decided it for me.

    I saw a very special player here ESPECIALLY in CTC's transition game:

    1. More agressive finisher than Creek already
    2. Able to hit pull up jumpers on the break from anywhere to complement his finishing
    3. Clearly able to rebound and thus trigger the break
    4. Can leap and block shots

    He would probably be as good a finisher as VO because of his scoring versatility gets him the space to operate.

    What I did not see were:

    1. penetrate and dish
    2. on ball pressure

    But this is the nature of these films. Of all the guard highlights I cannot remember a better one.

  • eph521

    If nothing else, I love your screen name Disco_Briscoe.

    I too am optimistic about 2012… at a minimum, it's very encouraging that so many kids from Indiana in that class are speaking highly of Crean and the IU program.

  • IUfanPurduePhD

    Re: dribble penetration, he seemed to be deceptively quick (perhaps like Eric Gordon in that respect: he doesn't look frighteningly fast, but the next thing you know he's blown by his defender), but you're right, I would've enjoyed seeing a little drive and dish action (isn't that–assists–the only category in which he didn't lead his team besides rebounding? And it's impressive that a guard would lead his team in blocks.)

    What I did not see:

    1. setting a solid on-ball screen a la TP (ha ha, sorry Jerry, couldn't resist! C'mon, you know you were thinking about it…)

  • aceman07

    Gotta love a 6'3″ guard who had to move his head out of the way of the rim once or twice!

    I agree we definitely need true PG that can run the show. I still like Yogi. Maybe it's just the name that's getting me though? I saw him play when he was like in the fifth grade and it was pretty obvious then that he was going to be special.

  • JerryCT

    Funny ,,,,,,, but you are right , I WAS thinking that he did nothing that TP can do , including “not jump” and ….” not lead the break” or ” not take a pull up 3 “.

    As a priority scorer he should be more on the receiving end of screens in CTC's offense. In another offense he needs to set them as well ( Wisky , NW , BYU )

    Seriously however he is way more agressive going to the rim than Creek and maybe better converter than VO given his pull-up options

  • MillaRed

    When Jerry mentions a “pull up 3” from TP, he's talking 3-footer not 3-pointer. Just clarifying there……..

  • IUfanPurduePhD

    Re: “not jump” … ha ha ha, what's TP's vertical, like 6 inches? And TP could totally hit a pull-up 3 if Tom Crean would let him! 😉

    I know we wouldn't rely on Buss to set on-ball screens, I simply wanted to give you a hard time about it. I agree with your “aggressive finisher” assessment, and his three-point and pull-up ability, when coupled with his dribbling and dunking, would be devastating on a fast break.

  • HoosierDavey

    Ball handler, big hops, nice outside shot, from Indiana- sign this guy up! Maybe more upside than JD?

  • JerryCT

    Ha ! You guys often make my day. thanks Millared for the correction

  • the6thmanning

    Does anyone know if this Jeff Howard has any potential?


  • Kelin Blab

    I don't even know what the kid looks like? May have to youtube westfield….apparently he can rebound the ball…

  • IUfanPurduePhD

    You might want to check out this article:

    (he sounds like Tom Pritchard, Jr., so I know that will make JerryCT very, very, very, very happy)

  • MillaRed

    Anything I can do to help.

  • MillaRed

    If we had a Tom Pritchard at the 3,4 and 5 spots Jerry would have a heart attack. Just think of the screens we could set with that line-up. We would, however, require a 90 second shot clock.

    Hey I'm all for 6'8″ walk-ons. Bring him in! He can work with our bigs and if he can contribute in a few years even better. Me likey.

  • MillaRed

    Howard carries a 4.3 grade point average and will graduate in the top 10 of a class of over 400.

    Does a walk-on GPA contribute to the team GPA? Things that make you go hmmmmmmmmmm?

  • marcusgresham

    I like him, but there's one thing I add to the “did not see” list (and I qualify this by admitting I only watched the first 1/2 to 2/3 of the video because the computer I'm on is slooooowing down on me,) and that's a left hand. He seemed to go right just every time that I could recall.

  • marcusgresham

    I think when you measure TP's vertical, you lay the ruler flat and measure by the thickness of it, not the height.

  • marcusgresham

    It must—someone had to bring Kentucky's cumulative UP to a 2.0

  • hoosierfan2

    Hoop Scoop only ranks him 77th??? What a joke, this kid is the real deal and could possibly be a five star. I think he may be the top guard in Indiana in the 2012 class. Go get him coach Crean!

  • IUfanPurduePhD

    You forgot rebounding, not being pushed out of the blocks, blocking out, and passing out of the low block. I think Jerry probably has adapted the Sound of Music song “These Are a Few of My Favorite Things” and the lyrics describe TP's game.

    Another thing to like about this kid is it gives us five more fouls to give, so when TP picks up 3 fouls in under a minute (can that count as a pull-up 3?), we can send in Howard. (I'm halfway joking about TP, but I'm serious about giving us another 5 fouls; plus, maybe Howard can be insurance in case TP or Capo decide to transfer mid-season).

  • IUfanPurduePhD

    marcus, you're TOTALLY distorting the figures!!! UK earned a 2.1025 (combined average of fall and spring semesters). They worked so hard for that extra 0.1025 and you just completely ignored it… or, worse, you rounded down!

    In all seriousness, I'm kinda surprised Cal didn't try to get this kid to walk-on at UK to help them out… their walk-ons should *completely* be comprised of high school valedictorians that will never see the playing floor, but will graduate summa cum laude to help raise their team's GPA. That's a cheap trick that Cal wouldn't even think twice about pulling … hell, he's probably already doing that!

  • eph521

    thanks for the article link… now I'm even more excited about the kid. I absolutely love “late bloomers”.

  • JerryCT

    Hey, if you had to defend 1) your man ,2) Hulls man, 3) Jones man and 4) sometimes Watford's you might get some fouls too.

    Sounds like this Howard kid can hedge/switch on the ball screen like TP and successfully did this against Gary Harris. Not a good sign for Harris.

    Again I propose we ITH fans create a scholly for a walkon, like Howard, and adopt them as part of our ITH fan team ……… we then own their pro rights

  • JerryCT

    Blind side screens of Chris Kramer are my favorite plays in basketball ……….. can't get enough of those

  • JerryCT

    At UK “one and done” refers to class attendance.

  • marcusgresham

    and from recent events, you could lay good money on them dropping him 50 places from that 77 if he signs with IU. Some of these rankings are comical

  • IUfanPurduePhD
  • Kelin Blab

    I like Yogi too….can't get a feel from his recruiting though…on one had his dad wants more contact from IU, on the other hand Yogi was one of the first kids at Cook Hall and loved it, and mentions via twitter how much Crean has contacted him…..Not sure what to think there….Who should coach be recruiting? Dad or the Kid?

    Yogi would be the ideal PG to play with for players like Buss, Perea, and Jurkin. Very good at getting into the lane and make the short shot or dishing off. Would be ok with being a pure point moreso than some of the combo guards we are recruiting….

  • IUfanPurduePhD

    Ha ha ha, I forgot about your fascination with hedging on screens … that's probably near the end of your song about “Favorite Things” of TP's game. Just one question though: do you dress up like a nun when you sing the song? 😉

  • IUfanPurduePhD

    one class, one time … THEN VIDEO GAMES ALL DAY!

  • aceman07

    Yogi needs to work on his shot but what I like about him is his strength and ability with the handle and his desire to get into the lane. Teams will try to double him 30 feet from the basket and he just blows right by them or splits them. He is pretty strong going up with the ball too but at his size he will have to change his focus at the next level to drive and dish first before drive and score! I think if he focuses on driving and dumping the ball off he'll be a great D1 point guard. He's only going to get stronger and hopefully smarter as well.

  • Outoftheloop

    You have that right!