"I can shoot the ball. I think I am a good all-around player, but shooting is definitely the best aspect of my game. I work hard at my shooting, too," said Dodson, a junior college transfer from Miami-Dade Community College. "Since I started playing, I always had to work on my shooting. I like shooting, but I have tried to develop my game so I am not just one dimensional.
"I think the junior college experienced help me mature as player and person. I learned a lot of things with basketball alone and stuff I needed to improve on. Miami helped prepare me a lot for Kentucky. Life here has been kind of confusing at times since I got here. It wasn't easy adjusting to a bigger school, but I really like all of my teammates and we have a good, talented team. I really think we can do special things this year."
Dodson averaged 15.7 points and 5.6 rebounds per game last year while shooting 76.7 percent at the foul line. In high school, he averaged 29.1 points, 11 rebounds and 2.6 steals per game at Eleanor Roosevelt High School and helped his team reach the Maryland Class AAAA Final Four two straight years. He's the school's all-time leading scorer with 1,262 points.
Dodson admitted he knew something about UK's basketball history and tradition when he signed with the Wildcats and understood the many things the Wildcats had accomplished.
"I knew plenty about the basketball, but I didn't know much about the city or school in general," he said. "People told me stories when I committed here that Kentucky had a pretty crazy fan base. That really didn't make a big difference to me. It's good to have people support you. It makes you want to improve and keep them happy."