Ron Patterson (Indianapolis/Brewster Academy) made a verbal commitment to Syracuse on Saturday while on his official visit.
Patterson becomes the fourth player to commit to the Orange in the Class of 2013, joining point guard Tyler Ennis (Brampton, Ontario/St. Benedict’s Prep), small forward B.J. Johnson (Ardmore, Pa./Lower Merion) and center Chinonso Obokoh (Rochester, N.Y./Bishop Kearney).
As I wrote earlier this week, Syracuse had hoped to ideally add another forward and combination guard to its 2013 class. While Patterson is much more 2-guard than the combo they desired, his 6-foot-3 and 195-pound frame make him the big and powerful athlete the Orange typically target in their backcourt, similar to the likes of Brandon Triche and Dion Waiters.
While coach Jim Boeheim and his staff hope that Patterson will ultimately be able to take on more ballhandling responsibilities, he’s a capable shot-maker from 22 feet and doesn’t need much space to get his shot off thanks to his high release point. His physical tools and high motor should also give him immediate value on the defensive end of the floor, where he’ll be an playmaker atop the 2-3 zone, as well as in transition.
With two scholarships left to play with, Syracuse will now put all of its energy into landing Noah Vonleh (Haverhill, Mass./New Hampton), Jermaine Lawrence (Springfield Gardens, N.Y./Pope John XXIII) or Tyler Roberson (Union, N.J./Roselle Catholic) to add the punch it has been looking for along the front line.
Even with a commitment from one of those three, Boeheim would still have an available scholarship in the class. However, Patterson’s commitment is expected to diminish Syracuse's chances of landing ESPN 100 guard Rysheed Jordan (Philadelphia/Vaux Roberts), who was initially its top target alongside Ennis in the backcourt, but he isn’t expected to sign until the April signing period.