Ron Patterson is putting the past behind him once and for all. A month after storming off the court after Indiana Elite's Team Indiana lost early in the Adidas May Classic, Patterson's nature on the court is much calmer as he is in better control of his game.
Recently, the highly touted shooting guard made the switch from Indiana Elite's Team Indiana, which is the AAU team of other Indiana University 2012 recruits such as Hanner Perea, Jeremy Hollowell and Yogi Ferrell, to Indiana Elite One, another top AAU program where he can stand out as a leader on the court, something he found very difficult when playing with other top-100 talent on Team Indiana.
"It's different [with Indiana Elite One] because I have a lot of freedom on this team," Patterson said at the Adidas Invitational. "I didn't have a lot of freedom [with Team Indiana], but now it's okay."
This type of freedom allowed Patterson to become a more vocal leader of Indiana Elite One, a task deemed difficult for someone who is particularly shy even on the court. The guard has also had time away from his old AAU team to focus on improving himself as a player.
"I play with a chip on my shoulder now," he said. "I play like I have something to prove and now that I'm on this team I can be a scorer and a leader."
Patterson said that he has taken the summer to improve on his inside presence down low, getting to the rim more often than taking shots with range. This proves a tough task at hand for a shooting guard who is used to being the go-to guy for the three, but gives his game more versatility as he continues down the stretch of the AAU season.
While there are no apparent hard feelings between Patterson and his former Team Indiana teammates, it does bring up some questions as to whether he'll be mature enough to play with them down at Indiana after his blow up and quitting of the team earlier in May. Rest assured, according to Patterson, as he still continues to stay in touch on a regular basis with Hollowell and Perea and still has a friendly competitive rivalry with Ferrell.
His goal for the coming year: "I want to beat Yogi and keep talking about it."
Now that's a way to keep "The Movement" moving.
- Indiana Elite One lost their first tournament game to Double Pump 76-53, knocking them out of the tournament. Ron Patterson finished the game with an overall seven points. Elite One loses 76-53 to Double Pump.
- Indiana Elite: Team Indiana had an impressive showing Thursday afternoon on court three at North Central High School, defeating the undefeated Atlanta Celtics 72-60. The game was relatively close until Lawrence Central's Jeremy Hollowell took over the game, leading the way with 18 points. Park Tudor's Yogi Ferrell finished with ten points, while the highly-touted Hanner Perea finished with 15.
- Also in the related content area, Fox 59 Sports' Courtney Cronin caught up with Trevon Blueitt (class of 2014 - Spiece Indy Heat), Derrick Walton (class of 2013 - Michigan Mustangs), and P.J. Thompson (class of 2014 - Spiece Indy Heat) to get their thoughts on the evaluation period taking place in only July.