When it comes to getting attention at a young age, few had more of it than Ron Patterson. The Indianapolis (IN) Broad Ripple standout was a hot commodity for college coaches starting as a freshman. Now having completed his sophomore season, Patterson has his pick of schools.
At 6-foot-3 and 195 pounds with high level athleticism, Patterson is capable of making big time plays on the basketball floor. Throughout his sophomore season he showed off an improved shooting stroke to go with his high-motor athleticism.
"My sophomore season was good at the start, but I kind of got injured in the last few games," said Patterson of his season. "Overall it was a good season though. I think I shot the ball much better than I did last year. I averaged about 16 points and seven rebounds."
Before the beginning of the season Patterson had already received offers from Illinois, Indiana, Ohio State, Purdue, and Tennessee. Now more schools are coming into the mix.
"I talked to Coach (Tom) Crean the other day," said Patterson. "When we spoke he told me I am getting a lot better every time he sees me. The other schools I have spoken to recently are Florida, Ohio State, Pittsburgh, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, and Tennessee."
According to Patterson the only game he has been to recently was in Bloomington to watch the Hoosiers host the Kentucky Wildcats. After the game he had a chance to meet and talk with Hoosier head man Tom Crean.
"I really liked the atmosphere there," said Patterson of the visit. "He is a very cool guy who is really energetic,"
Another school that Patterson has visited for a game is Ohio State. The Buckeyes hosted Patterson last season, and ever since then he has remained in close contact with them.
"That is a good program," said Patterson of the Buckeyes. "I could definitely see myself playing there one day."
For Patterson it seems like he has been on the radar of coaches and fans forever despite the fact that he is only a sophomore. While that of course is a good thing, he says it can also get overwhelming at times.
"It has been crazy because all the fans come up to me and tell me to go here or go there," Patterson explained. "I just try to take it all in."
Now with his sophomore year complete, Patterson is focused on the upcoming AAU circuit where he will run with Indiana Elite-ONE. Over the summer he is working on improving one specific aspect of his game.
"I am working on my ball handling this year," explained Patterson. "I know I will have to run the point next year and in college, so I am working to improve my ball handling."