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Patterson Ineligible To Play At IU, Receives Interest From Louisville
August 17, 2012By Jon Hancock of KentuckySports.co
Wednesday it was released that Indiana 2012 commit Ron Patterson was ruled ineligible to play for the Hoosiers next season after struggling with summer courses. According to InsideTheHall.com, Patterson has the options of transferring to another four-year school immediately, go to junior college or attend prep school.
In a statement Tom Crean said, “We think very highly of Ron and will continue to work with him as allowed to help him reach his goals. He has the chance to do some special things for himself and his family and we will be supportive of whatever he chooses to do.”
Patterson may make his decision as early as Friday according to Kyle Neddenriep of the IndyStar.com. If the Broad Ripple High School guard chooses prep school he will most likely attend Brewster Academy in New Hampshire. He has also received interest from Purdue, Louisville, Missouri, Ohio State, Illinois, IUPUI, Memphis, Providence, Villanova, Xavier, Lamar, Southern Miss, Wright State, Dayton, Nevada and Florida Gulf Coast.
Louisville is a team that may have a scholarship to give after top 100 recruit Terry Rozier was forced to go to prep school after struggling academically to become eligible to play the 2012-2013 season. Cardinals have attempted to fill Roziers scholarship with 6-10 center Mangok Mathiang from IMG Academies in Bradenton, Florida. But at this point Mathiang has not made it to Louisville's campus and nothing has changed with his eligibility for next season at this point.
According to ESPN.com, Patterson is rated a 3-star prospect and is ranked 131st best player in the 2012 class by Rivals.com. The 6'3 shooting guard scored 18.5 points as a senior and was named to the Indiana All-Star team.