BLOOMINGTON -- After months of speculation, freshman guard Ron Patterson is no longer part of the Indiana basketball program. That puts the Hoosiers at their allowed 13 scholarships.
Patterson apparently didn’t meet summer school academic standards, although he did meet academic requirements entering IU at the start of the summer. He is set to transfer and can either enroll at a prep school, or sign with another college.
Patterson was the first high-profile member of the Class of 2012 to commit to the Hoosiers in August of 2010. He was later joined by point guard Yogi Ferrell, small forward Jeremy Hollowell, power forward Hanner Perea and center Peter Jurkin.
Patterson was ranked as the nation’s No. 30 shooting guard, and the No. 131 player overall by Rivals.com, a national Internet recruiting service. He averaged 18.5 points, 5.7 rebounds and 3.8 assists as a senior at Indianapolis Broad Ripple High School. He was a member of the Indiana All-Star team
IU coach Tom Crean had 14 players on scholarship after last year’s five-player class signed in November. That became a problem when freshman Cody Zeller and junior Christian Watford passed up their chance to enter the NBA draft last spring, and no other returning player transferred.
In the months that followed, speculation grew on how the problem would be resolved. IU's official response -- it would work itself out.