Indiana’s loss was Syracuse’s gain on Saturday as heralded recruit Ron Patterson joined the Orange’s 2013 recruiting class. Patterson becomes the fourth member of that group who have all come since July. He’ll join five star Tyler Ennis as well as B.J. Johnson and Chinoso Obokoh. Ennis is the crown jewel of this group. The school was able to fortify both the front and backcourts.
Patterson signed with Indiana and was expected to be with them in 2012, but he didn’t meet the school’s academic standards. The Bloomington Herald-Times was reporting that Patterson’s test scores and grades were good enough for him to get in, but a tough summer semester led IU’s faculty council to decide that he wouldn’t be admitted this year.
Xavier was in the mix as well as Michigan, Illinois, Cincinnati and Ohio State. The 6-foot-2 guard from Indiana has “an old school game” according to his scouting report on ESPN.com. It adds that “He is a good scorer that has very little wasted motion. He has solid form and a nice rotation on his shot.”
The Orange are not done as they are rumored to be in the mix for Jermaine Lawrence, Tyler Roberson, Rysheed Jordan and Noah Vonleh. Roberson has the school in his final three while Jordan has the Orange in the mix as well. This young roster will lose Brandon Triche and James Southerland for sure at the end of the year so the new infusion of talent will be nice for them.