"I was definitely surprised by how good they were when I got here (in August)," Dodson said. "DeMarcus Cousins is big, but he can put the ball on the floor and create his own shot and his defensive presence really impresses me. Jon Hood is really a good shooter.
Eric Bledsoe has surprised me with the way he can penetrate, shoot and run. I had heard some things about John Wall, but even his athleticism has surprised me. I had no idea just how athletic he was. Daniel Orton is a good defensive presence. He can score and has some good offensive moves. We just have a really good team with a lot of talent."
Dodson knows the team's leader — and best overall player — is junior Patrick Patterson and he knew that well before he arrived on campus. "I knew a lot about him. On my visit he was the main on to show me around along with Jodie Meeks. They talked to me a lot when I came. We went to the spring football game and Pat told me how much people loved UK basketball players here," Dodson said. "He told me about the tradition and that is was something I would want to be part of. He said it would make me work harder and get better, and he was right."
Dodson played football and some other sports when he was young, but he knew basketball was the sport he wanted to pursue. "I tried to put all I had into basketball," he said.
Even now he doesn't do a lot away from basketball. He says he'll listen to music to relax and take his mind off his worries. "I will sit down and watch TV, and I like to go to the mall when I get a chance," he said. "But more than anything, I just like to shoot basketball." Dodson arrived in August because he had to complete courses to earn his junior college degree in Miami before he could enroll.
"It was a little frustrating because I wanted to be here, but I had work to finish. I knew everything would fall in place and I just had to pace myself and not stress out," Dodson said. "I knew I was going to make it fine. Coach Cal would call me pretty often to see how I was doing. He would tell me to stay focused and be ready when I got here, so that's what I did."