Schools Check in on Aaron

Several Top 25 basketball programs have been out to Southern California to check on 2014 small forward Shaqquan Aaron. has the latest on his game and recruitment.

This off-season,'s 22nd ranked 2014 prospect, Shaqquan Aaron, transferred from Santa Ana (Calif.) Mater Dei to Woodland Hills (Calif.) Taft, where he's been greeted by another new face.

Former Syracuse and NBA guard Jason Hart has taken over Taft's program, and he's welcomed the challenge of helping Aaron - one of the nation's most intriguing prospects in 2014 - reach his potential.

"He's been looking pretty good," Hart said of Aaron. "He's still young so he's going to go through his ups and downs in terms of being coached by me and how I want him to play, but he has tremendous upside, a great work ethic and he has a chance to be a special player."

Aaron, who has grown a couple inches to 6-foot-8, 170 pounds, has enjoyed his new start at Taft.

"It's going good," Aaron said. "New team, new experience. I've been through it before, just like in AAU when I switched teams. I love coach Hart; he's been great."

Right now, Aaron is focused on improving a certain aspect of his game.

"I've been working on my defense; I want to be known as a stopper," he said. "I want to be known as a person who can score, but also be a stopper. Michael Jordan did it, Kobe Bryant does it, and I want to be able to."

Schools such as Pittsburgh, Connecticut, UCLA, Arizona, Louisville, USC and UNLV have been out to Woodland Hills to see Aaron, and Hart expects that list to get longer quickly.

"He's a special talent and it's their job to come out and see him," he said. "He could be a dominant player in the class of 2014."

Aaron said that he'll visit Arizona during the month of October and spoke about some of the schools that have been recruiting him.

"Arizona tells me I'm one of their main targets for 2014," he said. "UNLV and UConn are on my list strong right now too. UNLV is a school that runs. UConn just won the whole thing and have Andre Drummond coming so their recruiting is going strong."

Being just a sophomore, Aaron says that he's in no rush to make a decision.

"I'm happy," Aaron said. "I'm just enjoying the process. I'm not trying to commit early."

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