Kentucky Hoopfest Part 2

More news and notes from Louisville

— Hanner Perea, Indiana Elite Team Indiana’s star power forward from Colombia, will sit out the rest of the tournament with an ankle injury suffered at the Adidas Invitational earlier this week.

“He’s getting treatment,” Indiana Elite coach Mark Adams said. “It’s just some stretched ligments. But he’s going to play with us in Las Vegas.”

The Indiana target who plays his high school ball at the United Faith Christian Academy in North Carolina is the No. 13 player in the Class of 2012.

— Though Broad Ripple guard Ron Patterson often plays either shooting guard or small forward on both his high school team and Indiana Elite One, his summer team, he’s apparently been advised by college coaches to be prepared to occasionally play point guard at the next level.

The first coach to suggest the idea, Patterson said, was Indiana coach Tom Crean.

“Last year, Crean told me I may have to be a combo guard,” Patterson said. “I was like, ‘Wow.'”

At 6-foot-3, 195-pounds with a wingspan of a man much taller, he’s spent most of his time on the wing. To prepare to occasionally play point, he said, he’s working mostly on his ballhandling and also his jump shot.

Chris Hawkins, Patterson’s coach at Indiana Elite One, said Patterson has the brains and leadership skills for the position.

“He has leadership qualities,” Hawkins said. “Getting in kids’ heads. Getting everybody in the right spot. Get on people when they’re not playing defense and things like that. I think the duties of the point guard, talking, he already has those down. It’s just being able to handle pressure, set it up, and just run through sets and do things instead of just being that two or three that you kick it to.”

— Jeffersonville sophomore guard Darryl Baker said not much has changed in his recruiting recently. He still has one offer, from Xavier, and heavy interest from Butler, Ohio State and Indiana. He says he’s back to 100 percent after missing the season with a knee injury.

“I’m just trying to get better,” he said. “Get ready for the next level and beyond.”