Wednesday's signing day

Wednesday marks the first day of the early signing period for the 2009 recruiting class. Trent Johnson's two commitments, Aaron Dotson and Eddie Ludwig, were both glad the day had finally arrived where they could sign on the dotted line.

“Yes, I am planning on signing tomorrow,” said Dotson. “It feels good. After I committed to LSU I pretty much stopped hearing from everybody, but I’m just ready to finally get this all over with and focus on my season.”

 

“Yes sir, I am,” Ludwig responded when asked if he would sign on Wednesday as well.

 

Dotson, a 6-4, 194-pound No. 2 guard, is a 4-star prospect and ranked the 22nd best shooting guard in the country according to Scout.com.

 

Last season, Dotson averaged 16 points and six rebounds a game for Rainier Beach. He and his teammates have high expectations for the upcoming campaign and will be looking to repeat their impressive season a year ago that resulted in a 29-1 record and a state championship.

 

“Our season starts on the 17th, and it’s looking pretty good for us right now,” Dotson said. “ESPN has us ranked 18th in the country I think. I’m going to be playing mostly shooting guard this year.”

 

With the recruiting process now finally over, Dotson doesn’t want to think about college anymore until he gets to campus next summer. However, there is a chance he could be making another visit to Baton Rouge before then.

 

“I actually just talked to coach Johnson today,” Dotson said. “He was just checking in and making sure everything is going well. I’ll be graduating in the spring, and I already have everything setup and ready to go.

 

“I am planning on coming to an LSU game this year, I just haven’t decided which one yet,” he continued. “My family and I were going to come down for the Alabama game last weekend but we decided to just wait until basketball season.”

 

If LSU fans are wondering what kind of player they are getting in Dotson here is how his AAU coach described his game when we caught up with him over the summer.

 

“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.”

 

Ludwig, a 6-7, 195-pounder who plays the three and four spot for the Cajuns, was an all-State selection as a junior and was also tabbed the Class A Outstanding Player of the Year after he averaged 23.2 points, 14 rebounds, three blocks, and three assists a game.

 

He had a sterling performance against Texas A&M commit Kourtney Roberson in the state semifinals where his 31 points and 12 rebounds helped lead the Cajuns to victory and a runner-up finish in the state tournament.

 

Eddie Ludwig


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