There was chatted towards the end of his junior season at South Miami High School that guard Zack Dawson might be close to making a commitment.
The 6-foot-3 Dawson, a member of the Class of 2017, was rumored to be close to making a pledge to the University of Louisville.
“Yeah, I was somewhat,” Dawson said. “I was close.”
But Dawson didn’t make a commitment, telling Cardinal Authority that he spoke with his family and the U of L coaches and wanted to slow things down a bit.
Now, Dawson is back on the AAU circuit and playing well and says U of L coach Rick Pitino has told him that he “hasn’t forgotten about me.”
“I had to think about it and make sure I was making the right decision,” Dawson said. “I like Louisville a whole lot, but I just wanted to make sure.
“(Pitino) told me he would stay in touch. He’s been telling me he’d be watching me (this summer) when I play AAU.”
Dawson is expected to be one of about 10 guards the Cardinals’ staff will evaluate during the three July evaluation periods.
And Dawson thinks he’s the perfect fit for Pitino’s system.
“I’m physical, like to play full court defense and I’m a guard that can use pick and rolls,” Dawson said. “He said he really likes that about me.
“But he told me he wanted me to enjoy the recruitment and he said he would get back to me. He told me to have fun and he’d be watching.”
Dawson switched AAU team for the second evaluation period of the spring and is now playing with Nike South Beach on the EYBL circuit.
He landed an offer from Arizona and also has offers from Central Florida, Florida Gulf Coast, Kansas State, Louisiana Tech and Florida International.
“They like me coming off pick and rolls and how I can go fast to slow and slow to fast,” Dawson said. “But I know I still need to improve.
“I have to get better at my mid-range pull ups and being more efficient.”
Dawson said Louisville “is the leader” and noted Kansas State was also right there in the mix but noted he’s going to take his time with the recruitment.
“I’m just enjoying this and then I will see what happens,” he said.