It’s been quite a journey for Indianapolis shooting guard Ron Patterson, who was a four-star Indiana Hoosiers commit in the 2012 class. But he decided to make the move to go to prep school and has been a star at Brewster Academy since. His recruitment re-opened, and several major teams offered- including the Syracuse Orange.
The offer from Syracuse was a recent one, as Jim Boeheim and the Orange offered Patterson on the 18th of October. He scheduled an official trip to Syracuse yesterday, and he left committed to the ACC-bound program. One of the top 175 recruits in the nation, Patterson is a solid three-star recruit and one of the top 50 shooting guard prospects in the nation.
Syracuse needed another guard commit, and they now have a solid SG recruit to go along with five-star point guard Tyler Ennis. Ron Patterson becomes the Orange’s fourth commitment in the 2013 recruiting class.
SMU and Xavier also received official visits from Patterson, and he was also weighing offers from Providence and Kansas State. In this class, Patterson is one of the eight highly recruited recruits in New Hampshire, and he is the fourth Brewster Academy star to make his college choice. Deonte Burton (Marquette), Elijah Macon (West Virginia), and Kyle Washington (N.C. State) have all made their decisions as well.
With his terrific athleticism, Patterson is one of the best defensive shooting guards in the country and has good length at 6’3″, 195 pounds. He is a strong guard, but he does have some holes on offense. While he is a great shooter and can drain threes regularly, he has poor handles and isn’t the best distributor. However, he is a solid recruit in almost every sense of the word with his elite shooting ability and almost innate defensive play.
Boeheim has a great defensive weapon on his hands in Patterson, because the Indianapolis native has a 6’11″ wingspan. Even though his ball-handling still needs work, he is working hard to develop that part of his game in the same way that he worked on his shooting and became one of the elite shooters in the northeast.
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