Louisville received 5-star news from 2014 star Shaqquan Aaron Saturday night.
Aaron, a 6-8 SG from Seattle (WA) Rainier Beach who is rated the No. 15 prospect in the nation by 247Sports, verbally committed to Louisville prior to his teams district championship game Saturday. Aaron, who made an official visit to Louisville two weeks ago, chose the Cardinals over Arizona, Washington and UCLA.
“It’s just a perfect fit,” Aaron told the Seattle Times.
“The first thing I asked the players was, ‘How is coach P? Is Coach P a hard coach?’” Aaron said. “And they were like, ‘If you don’t want to be coached, this isn’t the college you want to go to.’ Coach (Mike) Bethea, my high school coach, really coaches me, and I fit right in. So I was thinking, If I want a good coach to get ready for the next level, I want to play for a coach that is going to be hard on me. I like how coach P is going to push me every time.”
A California native, Aaron transferred to Rainier Beach, the same school that produced former Louisville star Terrence Williams, for his junior season. One of the most explosive scorers in the 2014 recruiting class, Aaron is averaging 22 points per game this season. Aaron led Rainier Beach to the Seattle Metro League championship this season. Aaron had three 30 point outings last month and averaged 28.3 points during the month of January.
“Let’s be real: He has the talent,” Rainier Beach coach Mike Bethea told the Times. “He reminds us a lot of Jamal Crawford with his ability to shoot from outside and to handle the ball at 6-foot-7. That makes him special.”
A versatile prospect, Aaron is rated the fourth-best SG in the Class of 2014 by 247Sports. 247Sports national recruiting director Jerry Meyer compares Aaron to former NBA star Reggie Miller because of his ability to shoot the basketball and score points in bunches. Aaron is expected to play on the wing once he arrives at UofL to play for the Cardinals in 2014-15.
"Shaqquan is a multiple position player and with that being said Louisville is graduating a lot of players so they need players at the 1, 2, and 3 positions," Shaqquan's mom, Medina Aaron, told InsideTheVille.com recently. "So coming in as a freshman he would either be starting or getting a lot of playing time at multiple positions. Louisville plays up and down basketball, they get out and they run. With Shaqquan being a multi-positonal, talented player he would fit into their program."
Aaron joins Quentin Snider in Louisville's two-man 2014 recruiting class. Snider, who is ranked the No 26 overall prospect in the class, is rated the fourth-best PG in the nation by 247Sports. With Aaron and Snider already in the fold, Pitino's 2014 talent search now likely will focus on frontcourt stars like Chicago big men Jahlil Okafor and Cliff Alexander, Indiana PF Trey Lyles, Tennessee PF Leron Black and Texas big man Khadeem Lattin, among others.