UConn Coach Glen Miller Went to See Ron Patterson on Wednesday
"He’s an extremely versatile player," Smith said. "He's 6-foot-2 but he's got over a 6-11 wingspan. Most people when first see him ... Coach Miller said, 'What is he, about 6-4?' He's got a college-ready frame, tremendous length, and he's shooting extremely well in open-gym workouts. And he's got the potential to be an elite, college-level defender."
Patterson, an Indiana native, had signed with the Hoosiers as a full NCAA qualifier and attended summer school there this past summer. According to Smith, Patterson got a C and a C-minus in a couple of courses, and Indiana denied his admission. In reality, the Hoosiers had oversigned by two for this year's class, meaning two players had to be let go.
UConn and Syracuse have jumped on the Patterson bandwagon recently. He has already visited Xavier and cancelled an SMU visit for this weekend because his parents weren't able to attend. Marquette and Florida State have offered, but Smith said Patterson isn't interested in those schools because of the other players they have on their roster at his position. Villanova is in the process of setting up a visit.
There doesn't appear to be a visit set up with UConn yet, but Smith is sure the Huskies will be back up to see him again.
"I think that Ron is being very deliberate," Smith said. "I think UConn is very interested in him, and he looks forward to knowing a little more about them."
*** Elsewhere: UConn has made Noah Vonleh's final six schools. They list is: Indiana, Syracuse, Georgetown, Ohio State, UConn and North Carolina.
Vonleh hails from Haverhill, MA, so the fact that UConn is the only New England-based school has to be considered a big plus if the big fella wants to stay near home.