Kline’s Line: How Syracuse Landed Indiana Shooting Guard Ron Patterson

It was an unexpected path from the cornfield to upstate New York for Patterson.

Over the summer, Ron Patterson did not envision himself playing prep school basketball and taking college visits this fall. Patterson was supposed to be on his way to Bloomington, Indiana and playing for Tom Crean’s Hoosiers. Due to academics, however, that plan unraveled.

The 2012 6-foot-3 shooting guard from Broad Ripple (IN) was forced to take a postgrad year due to his high school grades. He selected a prep school that would eventually be key to joining the Orange. The Indiana native chose national prep powerhouse Brewster Academy out of New Hampshire, a school that Syracuse has frequently dealt with. Current junior C.J. Fair attended Brewster, and one of SU’s top junior targets, Chris McCullough, is also therel.

After taking a few visits, including Providence and Xavier, Patterson got the opportunity to play in front of the Syracuse coaches. Jim Boeheim’s staff came to see McCullough, a Bronx native, in action. They were looking for a shooting guard and came away impressed. While Patterson lacks the ball handling skills that the Orange may have been looking for, he makes up for it with his shooting ability, strength and perfect fit in the 2-3 zone. Syracuse quickly offered, surprising some recruiting experts.

Over the weekend, Patterson took his official visit to SU. He verbally committed on the spot his first day on the Hill. Patterson’s Brewster coach, Jason Smith, tells The Fizz it’s a natural fit.

“Ron is an athletic guard who has shot the ball very well from the perimeter this fall. He’s an excellent defender and has tremendous length, which will be very effective and beneficial in Syracuse’s zone.”

After swinging and missing on Wayne Selden and James Young, and likely doing the same on Rysheed Jordan, Patterson is a strong pickup. He was ranked as the No. 131 player in the Rivals 150 when he was a part of the ’12 class.

Now, he will embark on a new life outside of the midwest. He joins the tri-state trio of commits in Tyler Ennis, B.J. Johnson and Chinonso Obokoh in the Orange’s class of 2013.

Officially, one scholarship is left on the table, and an NBA departure this spring would open another. This means Syracuse will continue its attempt to get Noah Vonleh, Tyler Roberson and Jermaine Lawrence. It’s another big day for Boeheim and the Orange.

Posted: Alex Kline

28 Comments on this Post

  1. CoachDuff

    Question: How do you figure that the Orange have one more scholarship to offer? By my count they are done in the class of 2013 unless there is an early departure to the NBA.
    At the moment, with Patterson’s commitment, this would give them 13 outstanding scholarship offers for next years team. (Fair, Keita, Hart, Carter-Williams, Christmas, Gbinije, Cooney, Grant, Coleman, Ennis, Patterson, Johnson & Obokoh)
    Unless you can shed some light on the Nolan Hart scholarship situation. Boeheim has always rewarded walk-ons with a scholarship for their senior season. However, is this simply a numbers game and Nolan Hart must receive his early? Will he retain his scholarship for his senior season?

  2. So is it fair to assume that JB being away for the olympics has hurt SU? SU has swung hard at Wayne Selden an James Young and missed. I dont know y they wasted the time on young when everyone besides SU seemed to understand that he was a UK lean from day 1. I think pushing so hard for young killed us /w selden when he’s a better prospect anyway.

    So we sign another project. Awesome. He sounds like a smaller paul harris. No handle and hes a 2 guard? That does not sound good. What I also saw is that this pickup hurts us /w Isaiah Whitehead.

    So not only does it look like SU pushed Rysheed Jordan to St. Johns but could also drop whitehead to them as well? Not to mention if Roberson commits we could loose out on Lawrence to St.Johns! Wtf is going on up their on the hill? Has Doug Marrone taken over the recruiting duties?

    Last time I checked 4stars are better then 3 and 5stars are better then 4. Hmmmmmmm.

  3. Carlton, relax, quit spinning this as disaster. It’s an ok pickup. Vonleh and/or McCullough are whats important now.

  4. Carlton,
    Where are you getting this analysis from? SU. like all schools will miss on some kids.ron Patterson is a good pick up considering our misses! His presence does not hurt us with Whitehead. By the time Whitehead gets here, MC Dub. will be gone, Cooney will be a JR.,Gbinije will be a Jr. and Patterson and Ennis will be sophs.
    Consider the fact that Gbjinije is a swing player, that leaves you with 3 guards, one of whom is a JR. whitehead is part of the rotation as a Freshman with a chance to start as a Soph. Dion Waiters has already demonstrated that you can be a lottery pick without even starting.

  5. OrangeCrush27

    The only reason i dont like this pick up is because Anya, Vonleh, Jordan and even Wiggins are out there with 2 scholarships left.

    I dont think we get Jordan. I rather get Wiggins obviously, but Vonleh would make me happy.

  6. OrangeCrush27

    i meant 1 possible scholarship left…

  7. By the way guys, We just got Chris McCullough! Committed to the Orange! Ohhh yeah!

  8. McCullough’s commitment was strenghtened by the commitment of his teammate Patterson. Whitehead has already said he wanted to go to school with McCullough!!! Now in 2014, we have one half of that package deal already sealed.Carlton, you may want to rethink your analysis!!! Orange is looking very good right now…..

  9. AnaheimOrange

    JB and crew always seem to excel at landing underrated or under-the-radar recruits and turning them into solid collegiate players. Not superstars, mind you, but good D1 players. On par with that philosophy and with the lone exception of Tyler Ennis, the 2013 recruiting class presently lacks that superstar signee.

    To borrow what a fellow Orange fan once wrote on this forum or perhaps another, “the one year Boeheim signed the top high school, John Calapari-type elite player, Carmelo Anthony, he won it all.”

    I find that I cannot dispute this conclusion.

    I really hope we land one of the elite SFs/PFs that have the Orange listed in their final list of schools.

    That said, welcome to the ‘Cuse, Ron “Buss” Patterson.

  10. AnaheimOrange

    “I really hope we land one of the elite SFs/PFs that have the Orange listed in their final list of schools.”

    Sorry – I’m a bit behind what’s trending on Twitter: Absolutely fantastic news that Chris McCullough is coming to the Hill!!!

  11. CuseOnly

    Carlton is a tool, pay no attention!

    How does he know how hard we pushed to get anyone, how would he know ?

    How would he know what pushing for one recruit hurt the signing of another ?

    Is he a basketball genius that judges talent better than JB ?

    The simple fact that he thinks he knows these things, shows you that he is a moron at the highest level.

    Nuff said!

  12. @CuseOnly, How do I know we pushed hard for young? Well besides the fact it was said on recruiting websites i dont know? huh? I gave my opinion about pushing for another recruit and the effect that I thought it had. Didn’t pass it as a fact. Sorry ur a fucking jackass an can’t respect someones opinion. No1 on here likes u. Nuff said.

    @Dr.Bill, What analysis of mine do you have a problem /w? Young a UK lean? Whitehead? Here is a couple of links.

    Whitehead would be the 4th guard on the team. Cooney, Patterson,Ennis an Whitehead. Would have trouble even if u wanted to go small an run him at SF b/c you got B.J. Johnson, Gbjinije and maybe even Roberson(rumored to be picking the `Cuse). Not a thing to rethink at all Dr. Bill. McCullough was a `Cuse lean before Patterson and maybe it helped push the commit along but it wasn’t a huge factor at all. Ppl been saying all week he could be committing to SU. Great get for that class though.

    One last thing y sign these guys when they could have been good backup plans? Now Dakari Johnson has reclassified. One the best big men of the 14 class and for sure the best of the 13 class. We been on him forever. Now what? we have 1 scholarship. Unless ppl leave early.

    So yes @Jax32 it is a disaster b/c we couldn’t exercise some patience? smh.

  13. Russell MacEachern

    Why do some of us feel the need to berate or denigrate another fan?Carlton is one of our best and longtime fans,…his opinions as good or better than the next guys!!Lets keep it friendly!!

  14. Russell,you have to look at the situation correctly. With Carlton coming under attack by some of the posters here forces him to join(Ron & Russell)in the elite membership of the Fizz club. Welcome Carlton to the fraternity.

    Carlton has at his finger tips and shares with us information about college athletics that most only dream about having. I respect his opinions and the knowledge he shares with us. I wish him well and hope he continues to upset people with the information he provides.

  15. Russell MacEachern

    Yeah Ron thats what bothers me,Carlton knows his hoops so when some clown calls him a tool I get pissed but hes a tough kid(Carlton)!!He picks his spots like us!!I notice his loyalty too!!

  16. Ron Patterson was taken due to his defensive skills at the top of the zone, the need for a backup to gbinje and cooney. However, with the experience of prep school and seeing his mix tape he seems like an athletic guard with a decent handle and a very good outside shot. Lets cross our fingers and pray…

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