FORT WAYNE — Ron Patterson was one of five members of Indiana’s highly touted 2012 recruiting class. But he will not play this year for the Hoosiers.
The shooting guard from Broad Ripple High School did not meet all his of his academic requirements in summer school, the Indianapolis Star reported.
His options include transferring to another four-year school or a prep school.
“We think very highly of Ron and will continue to work with him as allowed to help him reach his goals,” IU coach Tom Crean said in a statement. “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 is a three-star recruit, according to Rivals.com. He is ranked the No. 131 player in the country and 30th among shooting guards for the class of 2012, according to Rivals.com.
The 6-foot-3 Patterson averaged 18.5 points, 5.7 rebounds and 3.8 assists as a senior and was a member of the Indiana All-Star team.
Patterson was part of a class that was ranked No. 5 nationally by Rivals.com in April. Point guard Kevin “Yogi” Ferrell (ranked No. 19 overall nationally), power forward Hanner Mosquera-Perea (No. 43), center Peter Jurkin and small forward Jeremy Hollowell (No. 41) remain.
The move ends speculation over Indiana’s roster for the upcoming season. The Hoosiers have 13 scholarship players, in line with the number allowed. According to multiple reports, the team had until Monday – the day classes begin – to trim the number.
IU returns its top five scorers from last year’s squad, which had a 27-9 record and advanced to the Sweet 16.