Shooting guard Ron Patterson made his commitment to Syracuse during his official visit on Saturday. He makes the fourth commitment for the Orange in their 2013 class.
It was a long road to Syracuse for Patterson, who originally commited to Indiana as a 4-star shooting guard in the 2012 class. But after decided to go the prep school route and attending Brewster Academy, his recruitment opened back up.
Syracuse offered him a few weeks back, and Patterson arrived on campus on Friday for his official visit. The Syracuse staff didn't let Patterson leave without a commitment, however.
Patterson confirmed via text message he had committed to Syracuse.
Said Patterson, "I loved the city. It reminded me of my home in Indianapolis."
Patterson's AAU Coach, Chris Hawkins, echoed those sentiments. He said the visit let Patterson know Syracuse was his like home.
"I think two things," Hawkins explained "He's been up there for, what, this was his second day I believe. The city reminded him of Indianapolis. So his parents were comfortable with the area and how things looked and things like that. Secondly, his favorite player is Melo (Carmelo Anthony). So obviously going to the school where he played and won the national championship drew him in.
"The way they play the zone was also part of it. He played the zone a lot in his career in high school. So everything was good. He went up there and talked with the coaches to make sure everything was good. I guess he got the answer he needed so he went ahead and committed today."
Hawkins has a lot of confidence in Patterson's abilities on the court. He believes he will fit in very well at Syracuse.
"When you think of Syracuse, they have a lot of length," Coach Hawkins said. "He has 6-foot-11 wingspan. So as far as him being on the top of that zone, he'll get a lot of deflections. Secondly, as a shooting guard, he can shoot real well. When I first saw him his sophomore year, that was something that was a weak part of his game. But he's really worked at it and strengthened that part of his game out as far as being able to shoot from the outside.
"So if you look at the Syracuse roster and a guy like Michael Carter-Williams goes pro, he would be able to step in and be a guard in that spot. I think that was another reason why he committed. Just looking at the guard position and seeing a big need that Coach McNamara and Coach Boeheim expressed to him.
"Like I said, he's a great defender and has great energy," he continued. "He can defend positions one through three. He can shoot. He has a great mid-range jump shot and three-point shot. He is working on his ball handling. If he is needed to play point-guard, he can play that. His ball handling is not as suspect as some people would like to say. He's working on that with Coach Smith over at Brewster. And by the time he gets to Syracuse, he'll be ready to play. He'll be ready to play from day one."
The commitment is Syracuse's fourth in the 2013 class.