Dotson has offer from LSU

Trent Johnson's hometown is Seattle and he spent all nine years of his head coaching career out on the West Coast building some long-lasting relationships over that span. One of those relationships could pay big dividends for the Tigers' headman as LSU is heavily in the mix for 2009 guard Aaron Dotson.

Dotson, a 6-4, 194-pounder from Seattle (WA) Rainier Beach, is a 4-star prospect according to that averaged 16 points and six boards a game during his junior season.


He is rated the 22nd best shooting guard in the country for 2009 and up until last week he had an offer from Miami, Gonzaga, Washington and Oregon State.


Last week, though, offer number five came in and there is a little bit of a connection to that new offer.


“Coach Trent (Johnson) and my basketball coach (Rob Delgado) are real close and have been friends for years now so he’s been talking to my coach for a while and then last week my coach called and said that LSU wanted to offer me and wanted me real bad,” Dotson said.


Although the offer was extended a week ago, Dotson hadn’t talked to Johnson until yesterday (Wednesday) when the two spoke for a while.


“Coach was telling me a lot about himself and about the program and what he wanted to do with the program,” said Dotson. “He told me a lot about the school and it seems like a great school and a great place.”


Dotson admitted that he did not know a lot about LSU which is not uncommon considering he is up in the Northwest but he plans to find out more in the coming months.


“I’m going to take an official visit to LSU but I don’t have any dates yet,” he said. “I’m going to come down for a football game so I can see the campus and see what the environment is like.”


Dotson said that he plans to also visit Miami and Louisville officially and then he’ll take in Washington for an unofficial.


As recruiting heats up this summer he said that there are a couple of schools that have him really thinking right now.


“LSU and Miami,” he said. “I really like the schools and both are programs where I can go in and play right away. I feel a good connection with both coaches too.”


Note:’s national scouting team has seen Aaron Dotson in person and the word on him is that he is very athletic and a good shooter from 18-19 feet.  


What does his AAU coach have to say about his game?


“First off, he is an excellent on-ball defender,” said Friends of Hoops head coach Chucky Williams. “Defending away from the ball is something he will have to improve on when he gets to college but on the ball he is a lockdown defender. Everything people say about him being athletic is true.”


“He is explosive and he can rise up but the biggest stride he has made is he went beyond the 3-point line this summer and shot the ball extremely well. He’s also added a mid-range game to his arsenal. He’s a special scorer in my opinion.”


What about Dotson’s ceiling?


“His stock is rising so fast since the Paul Pierce and LeBron (James) Camp,” Williams said. “He is playing so much more confident and is so unselfish. He has flown under the radar because he is so unselfish and he’s almost so unselfish to his detriment. But once he gets into a college program and adds some weight to his frame I think he is going to be one of the better players to come from out here.”

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