ITH Scouting Report: 2012 commit Ron Patterson

  • 04/05/2011 5:13 pm in

Joe Eberhardt is a high school sports blogger and recruiting analyst for Inside the Hall. You can follow him on Twitter at @IndyHSHoops and read his blog,

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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  • First off, welcome Joe, officially to ITH. Does anyone know the actual wingspan of Patterson? Ron reminds me of a walking X-factor. You know there’s always a guy like that on good teams. Ron Nored, Napier for UCONN, Chris Kramer etc. Can’t wait to watch this kid in Bloomington.

  • 6’10 and thanks! I think he’s the consummate glue guy/x-factor like how you put it.

  • We need to get a flux capacitor and make it 2012 already.

  • Anonymous

    You had me at “explosive athleticism.”

    While I hear his offense has consistently improved throughout high school, I just can’t wait to see his length and hustle improve our perimeter defense.

  • Aceman_Mujezinovic_07

    Man, Buss has a great looking shot for a guy who isn’t supposed to be a great shooter. At least that’s the only reason I can see why he’s not ranked in the top 30 in his class because he’s definitely as good an athlete as you’re gonna find!

    I have said all along that Patterson will end up being one of the top recruits in his class by the time he graduates from high school and he’s an incredible steal in this class!

  • Anonymous

    Glowing reviews are always nice to hear and he sounds great but is there anything else you can nitpick? We hear a lot about improving his handle to run the point and that his shot has improved – anything else? And how good is his shot, really? Is it just good considering where he was previously or is legitimately decent now?

    I don’t mean to pick on you or him. In fact, he’s probably my favorite of the recruits at this point – I’m really just trying to temper my expectations. I’d like a little devil’s advocacy or something like that.

  • HoosierSmitty

    I really like his jump shot. Good stroke. I think he’s a huge addition for us. We need a good shooter.

  • Diesel

    I can’t say there is much I haven’t liked about him when I have seen him play. At times can begin to take some questionable shots, but about every other time you shake your head because he drained it. When CTC was watching, he pretty much had a smile on his face the whole time.

  • Anonymous

    Sweet. I’m a very loyal ITH reader so I’ve seen everything posted on here about him and at times it seems too good to be true. He sounds like the perfect multi-year player that championship teams have to have to succeed. I’m moving back to Indy this summer – can’t wait to see him (and the others) play.

  • I’d agree with Diesel and say his shot is great, it’s his shot selection that is questionable at times. Patterson has a solid all around game, he just needs to continue working on ball handling and perimeter game. If he could play point I think that’d help him see more early pt. I don’t think he’s a good enough ball handler to run the point right now.

  • Wow 6’10! Will terrorize opponents on defense.

  • RobD

    if you really want to nitpick with him, you could say that he’s a little smaller at 6’3” than what you’d like to see for a SF or dominant SG. 6’5” would be prototypical and present huge matchup problems. not that he isn’t already. but i imagine this has something to do with his being a little lower in the rankings than maybe his pure play would rank him.

  • Diesel

    If that’s what people want to nitpick, let them. He plays above the rim anyway.

  • Anonymous

    What kind of engineer are you if you don’t have one or two in the garage ready to go?

  • Anonymous

    Bring back the glory days of Wilkerson and Buckner destroying the opponents offense as soon as they crossed mid-court!

  • Anonymous

    Offshoot question – handle isn’t good enough to be a PG yet and his shot-selection is questionable at times – combining the two, how is his decision making in regards to passing? How does he see the court on offense?

    By the way, not sure if I said it before, but glad to see you posting directly on ITH and very much looking forward to your continuing work. Great stuff.

  • Diesel

    I’ve got some scraps from dinner tonight if you still need a little juice for the flux.

  • Thankfully, I’m not an engineer (I’m teaching them how to read good and do other stuff good too).

  • It runs on FourLoco.

  • Kelin Blab

    Patterson has done with you want a kid to do in the offseason….get better. His jumpshot has gotten better and his build. The kid is a guard in a Power Forwards body.

  • INUnivHoosier

    I think you could have stuck with uranium… less dangerous.

  • Marsh21

    This is perfect for this class. What a set of guards we will have in Buss and Yogi.

  • Anonymous

    I think the best compliment you can give someone like Buss is that he looks like a baller. I mean…wow! It is so hard to type when I have drool all over my keyboard! Can’t wait for 2012!

  • Anonymous

    I actually knew that, just could not resist my little joke.

  • Good point too. I think one argument would be how many elite level 6’2/6’3 shooting guards are there. But I would say size are the two major knocks on him. As one poster said his shot selection can be bad, but then he’ll put up a “bad shot” and knock it down with ease.

  • His passing doesn’t really stand out as great or bad during the times I have watched him. He hasn’t really made an impression on me either way in that category. Like a lot of guys sometimes he’ll try to fight through double teams and force a TO but then he’ll make the smart pass and find a teammate for an open pass or slam.

    And thanks for the kind words.

  • Anonymous

    Sheehey, Oladipo, Patterson, Perea, Jurkin…”The 2012-13 Indiana Hoosiers—brought to you by the makers of ‘Flubber'”

  • N71

    I’ve seen Ron play several times and he reminds me of Victor with a shot. Hardnosed player that’s very athletic but can drain the deep ball with some regularity. Very competitive, in your face type, great defender, always has a crowd around him on and off the court…leadership/personality. He will look awsome with INDIANA across his chest.

  • JerryCT

    Maybe Patterson is the Rivers we thought we had but never quite did.

    Since I believe Yogi is also a great defender I am expecting some WS,VO highlight reel dunks after TO’s.

    He plays with a smile ? Maybe he and Sheehey can lead an all-smile lineup ………… don’t think CW would be on it

  • millzy32

    With a 6’10″Wingspan I would have to argue that he would play a lot more like a 6’5″ or 6’6″ guy than a 6’3″ guy. The wingspan thing is huge in defense and in getting above the rim. It could actually be a hindrance in his ball handling though and maybe that’s what’s happening.

  • millzy32

    Shelvin Mack would be a prototypical build that I would love to see in a guard. It looks like Ron could put on a little more muscle and be right there.

  • Anonymous

    Like Jordan Taylor at WI.

  • Keep_it_in_Indiana

    Buss has a smooth stroke. He is a multi-faceted player that will help IU all over the court.

    He is highly underated bball player. Just goes to show again that rankings can be bogus.

  • Andrew

    The Rivers we thought we had??? Other than his immediate family, I can’t imagine anyone who could have realistically expected anything more than what we got…a sometimes defensive-stopper who was just dreadful offensively. Something tells me that if his daddy was Doc Rivers, medical doctor, instead of Doc Rivers, retired NBA player/current NBA head coach, two “elite”-level programs wouldn’t have wasted a scholly on JR. Buss is light-years ahead of JR already.

  • Anonymous

    I love the elevation on his jump shot. It truly IS a “jump” shot, which makes it even more difficult to defend with his long arms. That elevation reminds me of Fennis Dembo from Wyoming back in the 80s.

  • fundamentals_man

    Can anyone explain to me why he is called “Buss”? The only definition of the word I can find is an old French word for kiss. Surely this is not how it is meant for Patterson.

  • Diesel

    I believe nickname given to him by his grandmother since he was a youngster.

  • stonaroni

    His frame and all around athleticism reminds me of Jason Rchardson that played at Michigan St about 10 years ago. But, Buss is a better shooter going into college than Richardson was.

    I know we have seen the stats about CTC’s teams getting worse defensively giving up more points, fouls and FT dating back to Marquette. I say there is no way in hell that trend continues with this 2012 class. We have a guard in Buss with a wingspan of nearly a 7 foooter, a shot blocker and alterer in PJ, an absolute freak athlete in Hanner, a very long player in Hollowell, and a lightning quick PG in Yogi. Oh, and then the SO class will include CZ at 6’10 and a tall SG/SF in AE at 6’6″ and then JR’s VO and WS who have high motors and love to play defense.

    I am really hoping that we have the type of team like Ohio St, UK, and Butler had this year who could shut down an opponents half court offense.

  • Anonymous

    Thanks for all the answers. I’ll leave you alone on him for now…