ITH Scouting Report: 2012 commit Ron Patterson
An Indiana target since his freshman year of high school, Ron Patterson excited Hoosier fans by committing to the Hoosiers in August of 2010. The junior guard led his Broad Ripple team to a city championship this year, the school’s second consecutive crown. Patterson will be teaming up with fellow Indiana commitments Kevin “Yogi” Ferrell, Jeremy Hollowell, Peter Jurkin and Hanner Perea on an Indiana Elite team this summer.
The first thing that stands out about Patterson is his explosive athleticism. Also blessed with a great wingspan, the junior guard plays much bigger than his 6-3 frame. He’s a formidable shot blocker for his size and rebounds very well from the guard position. Patterson excels at finishing above the rim, and isn’t afraid to go up with the ball against bigger defenders.
Patterson has improved his shooting ability throughout his high school career. Patterson has grown to become a reliable 3-point shooter, both off the bounce, and in catch and shoot situations. He also is able to knock down the pull-up mid-range jumper, a weapon he’ll often use in transition. Patterson’s rugged and physical play helps him on the offensive end and he’s able to finish against opponents after contact and get to the foul line.
Defensively, Patterson is great on the perimeter, using his length, strength, quickness and great instincts to lock down opponents. One area where Patterson could improve is his ability to handle the ball. Tightening up his handle a little bit would help Patterson become more dangerous off the bounce, and increase his productivity. Once Patterson begins his career at Indiana, fans will quickly appreciate his hard working attitude.
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