Ron Patterson Will Not Play IU Basketball

Patterson's departure brings the number of basketball players on scholarship down to 13, the limit allowed by the NCAA.

locker room

Photo: Joe Hren/WTIU News

Men's locker room at Cook Hall, IU's new basketball development center.

Indianapolis basketball player Ron Patterson will not play for Indiana University this coming season after he failed to meet academic standards, the university said Wednesday.

“We think very highly of Ron and will continue to work with him as allowed to help him reach his goals,” IU Basketball 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.”

The transfer solves a scholarship problem for IU. The university gave out 14 scholarships this year, one more than is allowed under NCAA standards. IU had to reduce its number to 13 before the start of the academic year if it wanted to evade NCAA violations.

Sara Wittmeyer contributed to this report.

Gretchen Frazee

Gretchen Frazee is a reporter/producer for WFIU and WTIU news. Prior to her current role, Frazee worked as the associate online content coordinator for WFIU/WTIU. She graduated from the University of Missouri-Columbia where she studied multimedia journalism and anthropology. You can follow her on Twitter @gretchenfrazee.

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