Which Hoosier Will Bite the Bullet and Not Receive a Scholarship?

Eric SmithCorrespondent IIIJuly 16, 2012

ATLANTA, GA - MARCH 23:  Head coach Tom Crean of the Indiana Hoosiers reacts in the first half against the Kentucky Wildcats during the 2012 NCAA Men's Basketball South Regional Semifinal game at the Georgia Dome on March 23, 2012 in Atlanta, Georgia.  (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
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There's the saying: "There's never too much of a good thing." For Indiana basketball in 2012-2013, there's almost too much of a good thing with the roster. The NCAA requires that no more than 13 players be on scholarship for any season. Unfortunately, the Hoosiers have too good of a problem with having 14 players with scholarships for the upcoming season.  

I always thought a school could redshirt someone and the issue would be resolved, but that's not true. Indiana will have to take a scholarship away from someone or have someone go to prep school.  

I think the prep school route will be the way they go and I think it will come down to freshmen Ron Patterson or Peter Jurkin. If I had to choose one, I'd say it would be Ron Patterson.  

Patterson plays shooting guard and is very talented, but the issue lies in the fact that there are so many other guards on the roster next year and he won't get much playing time. Jurkin is a seven-foot center and could be valuable if Cody Zeller or Derek Elston are struggling or get in foul trouble. I think the Hoosiers need to keep Jurkin around and allow Patterson to go to prep school and come in next season as a freshman and get valuable playing time.  

Patterson no doubtely can help this team down the road and I think the prep school route won't hurt him at all. With Yogi Ferrell, Jordan Hulls, Will Sheehey, Victor Oladipo, Maurice Creek, Jeremy Hollowell, Remy Abell and Austin Ethrington all playing guard spots I don't see Patterson getting much time off the bench.  

The only forwards or centers IU has are Cody Zeller, Christian Watford, Hanner Perera and Derek Elston. I think Jurkin will get more playing time at the end of the day.