Tom Crean's loss is Jim Boeheim's gain. - Paul Abell-US PRESSWIRE
After already securing three commitments for next year’s freshman class, the Syracuse Orange have added even more potential star power in the form of an athletic guard who was once headed to the top-ranked team in the country.
According to multiple published reports, including the Syracuse Post-Standard, former Indiana University recruit Ron Patterson has accepted a scholarship offer from SU. Patterson had originally signed with the Hoosiers, and had gone so far as to enroll in summer school there, but his scholarship was rescinded and he essentially became a free agent. After enrolling in prep school this fall, Patterson reopened his recruitment and reportedly chose the Orange on Saturday.
Patterson is listed at 6’3”, 195 pounds out of Broad Ripple High School in Indianapolis. He averaged an 18-6-4 as a senior for the Rockets. He was ranked as the 30th best shooting guard in the class of 2012 by Rivals and given a three star rating by Scout. After his August departure from Indiana he enrolled at Brewster Academy prep school in Wolfeboro, New Hampshire, where his team is about to begin its season.
The Post-Standard says Patterson was offered a scholarship by Syracuse a couple of weeks ago and visited the campus just this past weekend.
Patterson’s commitment gives the Orange four recruits for next fall:
- Ron Patterson, 6’3”, 195 shooting guard (25th rated 2012 SG by ESPN)
- Tyler Ennis, 6’2”, 180 point guard (7th rated 2013 PG by ESPN)
- B.J. Johnson, 6’6”, 170 small forward (24th rated 2013 SF by ESPN)
- Chinonso Obokoh, 6’9”, 220 center (19th rated 2013 C by ESPN)
Assuming no one leaves school early, that will give the Orange 12 scholarship players in 2013-14, and leaves one scholarship available. Typically coach Jim Boeheim and his staff like to keep least one slot open each year, either to add a late recruit/transfer like Michael Gbinije or reward walk-ons for their hard work and dedication.