Patterson Talks Indiana Decision

Ron Patterson

Tom Crean got a very pleasant surprise on Sunday. Just three days after taking an unofficial visit to Bloomington, Indianapolis Broad Ripple guard Ron Patterson made a return trip to the IU campus and told the Hoosier coach exactly what he'd been hoping to hear...

Tom Crean got a very pleasant surprise on Sunday.

Just three days after taking an unofficial visit to Bloomington, Indianapolis Broad Ripple guard Ron Patterson made a return trip to the IU campus and told the Hoosier coach exactly what he'd been hoping to hear.

He's going to be a Hoosier.

"I told him and he was like, ‘Wow, I can't believe you did it,'" Patterson said Sunday.

Patterson did it, and in doing so joined Peter Jurkin as the first two members of what is shaping up as a potentially superb 2012 recruiting class. Jurkin committed to the Hoosier last week, while Patterson said it became clear to him during his Thursday visit that Indiana was where he wanted to play his college basketball.

"I knew that was where I was going, and I wanted to get the decision off my back," the 6'3", 180-pounder said. "I like that it's close to home, I can see myself playing there, and I can play with friends."

One of the things that helped sway him was a conversation he had with Maurice Creek during open gym. The Hoosier sophomore talked about how much Crean has helped develop his game during his short stay in town, and that he could do the same for the ultra-athletic Patterson.

"Mo said Coach Crean is a great coach, how he's helped make him a good 3-point shooter and how he's improved his game a lot," Patterson said.

Patterson figures to spend plenty of time on the wing once he arrives in Bloomington, where he'll be able to use his length to shoot over guards and his athleticism to attack to basket. But he said Crean envisions him as someone who can will also develop his ball handling to the point that he will play the point guard spot at times as well.

"(Crean) says he wants me to be a combo 1-2, and I'll play any position they want," Patterson said.

It's long been apparent that Patterson has been top priority for the Hoosiers' 2012 recruiting efforts. IU was one of the very first to offer Patterson, doing so mid-way through his freshman season at Broad Ripple. From that point the Hoosiers' interest only intensified, and it helped Indiana lure Patterson away from other interested programs such as Tennessee and Xavier.

"(Crean) always said I was really important, a No. 1 priority in 2012," Patterson said.

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