Ron Patterson was all set on beginning his collegiate career at Indiana this season.
His SAT scores and academics were all in line and he had already been cleared by the NCAA to play this season. However, IU has extra standards that differ from others and the university decided not to admit Patterson for the 2012-13 academic school year.
The decision left Patterson scrambling and after a few days of deliberation he decided to stay on the high school level, heading to Brewster Academy (NH) for a prep year, which allowed him more time to reopen his recruitment.
Many schools came a-calling quickly, one of them was Syracuse and assistant coach Gerry McNamara. The Orange wasted no time in offering Patterson a scholarship and following a weekend visit to the school’s campus, the 6-foot-2 guard pledged his commitment.
Ironically enough, Carmelo Anthony is Patterson’s favorite player and an Orange star who McNamara starred with on a team that won a national championship. “[Carmelo] Anthony is his favorite player. Has been since he was in the 8th grade,’’ Patterson’s former AAU head coach Chris Hawkins told Syracuse.com. “If he ever had a chance to go to Syracuse, he would, but he didn’t have the chance until now.”
The rapid turn around in Patterson’s recruitment and future however, shouldn’t come as much of a surprise. Especially given the aforementioned quote from Hawkins and Patterson’s love and chance to play for the Orange.
With Patterson now on board for the 2013-14 season, Syracuse boasts a total of four commitments. In addition to the Indiana-native, point guard Tyler Ennis, and forwards Chinonso Obokoh and B.J. Johnson have already announced their intentions to play for head coach Jim Boeheim.
Paul Seaver is the College Basketball Network Manager at Rant Sports. You can follow him on Twitter: @TheArenaPulse