News From Terre Haute, Indiana

August 16, 2012

Crean loses one of valued recruits

Andy Proffett
Tribune-Star Correspondent

BLOOMINGTON — Wednesday was move-in day for students at Indiana University. It was also move-on day for Ron Patterson.

One of the Hoosiers’ much-hyped incoming basketball freshmen, Patterson reportedly failed to qualify academically and will transfer.

IU’s basketball program had been oversigned on scholarship players entering the fall semester, which begins Monday. There were 14 players on scholarship; the NCAA only allows 13 scholarship players per basketball team.

Patterson’s departure ensures that IU will meet the scholarship limits. But they lose a player whose defensive presence at guard was expected to be a big factor for the Hoosiers this season.

The Broad Ripple grad was part of “The Movement,” the ballyhooed recruiting class which included fellow Indianapolis-area standouts Yogi Ferrell (Park Tudor) and Jeremy Hollowell (Lawrence Central) plus Peter Jurkin and Hanner Mosquera-Perea.

The class was a recruiting coup for Indiana coach Tom Crean, as the group came aboard despite three losing seasons in Crean’s first three years at Indiana.

But Crean and the Hoosiers found themselves in a sticky situation when forwards Christian Watford and Cody Zeller chose to return to Bloomington rather than leave early for the NBA.

That meant the Hoosiers would have 14 players on scholarship for the 2012-13 season, one more than allowed by the NCAA. An Indiana spokesman said Wednesday afternoon that the situation was going to have to be resolved before classes started on Monday.

A few hours later, news broke that Patterson did not pass summer school academic standards after initially qualifying academically prior to the summer session.

The spokesman could not confirm the reasons for Patterson’s departure. But the school did release a statement from Crean, which stated that IU would “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’s transfer means the Hoosiers’ roster of scholarship players includes the four incoming freshmen, Watford and Zeller; seniors Jordan Hulls, Maurice Creek and Derek Elston; juniors Will Sheehey and Victor Oladipo; and sophomores Austin Etherington and Remy Abell.