Pitino inquires about four-star Seattle SG

Aaron Dotson has a reputation as a big-time athlete with loads of potential. This week at the Lebron James Skills Academy, Dotson turned his potential into production. Dotson's performance in Akron caught the eye of several big-time college coaches, including Louisville's Rick Pitino, who just called to inquire about the 6-foot-4, 200-pound Seattle, Washington standout.

"Things are going great – really well," Dotson told InsideTheVille.com. "I've played wonderful and I've gotten a lot of attention from different coaches. (This week) I've heard from Florida State, LSU and Louisville."

Pitino definitely wants to tap further into Seattle's deep pool of talent. Four years ago, he pulled Terrence Williams out of the Emerald City. Last month, the Cardinals landed another Seattle standout - 2009 point guard Peyton Siva. Louisville also has offered 2010 Seattle big man Josh Smith and has shown early interest in Tony Wroten, one of the top prospects in the class of 2011. Dotson is the latest Seattle standout to attract Pitino's interest.

"Coach Pitino called and has been talking to my coach," Dotson said. "My coach said that Coach Pitino really likes me and that he wants me. They haven't offered a scholarship yet that I know about."

What does Dotson think about Louisville's recent show of interest?

"It's great," Dotson said. "Who wouldn't want to play for Coach Pitino. Their program is really good and it's going to be even better in the next couple years."

Dotson stars for Rainier Beach HS – the same school that produced current Louisville standout small forward Terrence Williams. Dotson said he knows Williams well and has spent time with him this week at the Lebron James Skills Camp, where Williams is working out this week.

"Me and Terrence Williams are pretty close," said Dotson. "I've spent some time with him this week and he went to the same high school that I go to. I've known him for a while now – for a few years. I keep in touch with him and he comes by the school to play in the open gym when he's back in (Seattle)."

On the recruiting front, Dotson remains open. The athletic shooting guard has offers from Gonzaga, Oregon State and LSU. More offers are likely headed his way.

"I'm still pretty much wide-open," Dotson said. "In the fall I'll probably make my decision after I take some visits."

While Dotson remains open, three schools have made a strong early impression.

"My favorites right now are mainly Indiana, Miami and Kansas," Dotson said. "I just have good relationships with the coaches at those three schools. I really like Coach (Tom) Crean, Coach (Frank) Haith and Coach (Bill) Self. They all have good programs."

Where would an offer from Louisville put the Cardinals on Dotson's short list? "That would definitely put them at the top because one of my friends – Peyton Siva – is going there," Dotson said. "We played together for (several) years. So that would be good, too."

One of the top wing prospects remaining in the Class of 2009, Dotson is rated the No. 22 shooting guard prospect in his class by Scout.com.

"He's always been a great athlete and now he's become consistent with his outside shot," Scout.com recruiting analyst Evan Daniels said. "He's one of the best wings still available in his class."


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