Dotson gets big news from Louisville

Seattle (WA.) Rainier Beach wing man Aaron Dotson has been one of the biggest risers nationally during the month of July. His outstanding play during the evaluation period not only has boosted his stock – it also netted him some very exciting news from Louisville on Sunday.

The big news – the 6-foot-4 Aaron Dotson just received a formal offer from the Cardinals.

"It's great to get the offer. Louisville is definitely one of my top (schools)," Dotson said. "I'm really excited about this. They are one of my favorites. Louisville is a school that I'm excited about and it would be a good opportunity to play with my good friend Peyton (Siva) who I've known for a while. I'm real excited."

When Louisville coach Rick Pitino called Dotson with the offer, Dotson listened intently.

"Coach Pitino called and said I had a scholarship offer to Louisville," Dotson said. "He said he wants me there and he also talked about the facilities. They've talked about me coming in and filling in for Terrence (Williams)."

Not only does Dotson hail from the same city (Seattle) as Williams, he also attends the same high school as the current Louisville star (Rainier Beach). Rainier Beach coach Mike Bethea, who also coached Williams in high school, has told Dotson good things about Louisville.

"He says it's a great school and Coach Pitino knows what he's doing as far as putting guys in the league, building programs and recruiting," Dotson said.

With summer play winding down, next up for Dotson will be some official visits.

Dotson said he will take an official visit – likely his first visit - to Louisville this fall. "I plan on taking an official visit to Louisville either the first or second week of September," said Dotson. "I also plan to visit Miami and LSU. I'm going to visit Washington but I don't think I will use an official (visit). That's all the (trips ) I'm planning right now."

Dotson said Louisville, Miami and LSU currently sit atop his list . "They're all even until I take my visits," Dotson said. "That's when they'll separate. I'm looking for a good fit and a place where I can adapt to the environment. It really doesn't matter about me be away from home. I want to get along with the team and the coaches."

Dotson also said he wants to find a situation where he can get early clock. "Playing time isn't a big factor because that all comes down on me," Dotson said. "The coach can't guarantee me playing time so that's not really a big factor. That all depends on how (hard) I work."

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