Indiana is likely to have its best season in years during the 2012-13 campaign, and a major reason for optimism is the addition of a top-10 recruiting class that includes five newcomers.
The Hoosiers will be without one of those incoming freshman, though, as Ron Patterson will not attend Indiana next season. The story was first reported by Inside the Hall.
Patterson is looking into prep schools and other four-year colleges, according to Kyle Neddenriep of the Indianapolis Star. Sny.tv reported that the departure stems from Patterson not meeting the school's academic standards. Patterson was on campus in Bloomington during the summer, taking classes and seemingly preparing for the season.
On the bright side for Indiana, Patterson's exit gets the Hoosiers back to 13 scholarships. Previously, they were one over the limit.
Patterson, a 6-foot-2 guard from Broad Ripple (Ind.), originally chose Indiana over Tennessee, Xavier and Virginia Tech.