Dotson talks Dawgs

Seattle (Wash.) Rainier Beach star Aaron Dotson has seen his recruitment skyrocket since the start of summer, most recently garnering a scholarship offer from the hometown Washington Huskies. caught up with Dotson shortly after the he received the good news.

"Yeah, Coach Romar offered me," Dotson shared Wednesday night. "It was after the Championship game at the Northwest Showcase and Coach Romar called me and we talked for a while about wanting me to be a Husky and he offered me.

"It was kind of a sigh of relief because my Dad's always telling me to get recruited by a lot of schools, you've got to win your hometown. It was like ‘Finally, I've won my hometown'."

The 6-foot-4 senior-to-be has seen his stock soar of late after settling in with Seattle's renowned Friends of Hoop. Dotson spent last season with Seattle Rotary but was often transparent with Rotary's quartet of Division-1 guards and center Josh Smith. The move to FOH has allowed Dotson to showcase his dynamic skill-set, immediately becoming the team's primary scoring option. It has also had an obvious effect on Aaron's confidence; not only has his range improved drastically, but his consistency has improved as well. No longer is Dotson just a slasher, but a well-rounded guard with surprising court vision and a nice mid-range game to accompany his impressive leaping ability.

"I really don't know what happened," he said when questioned about his improvement of late. "I guess I just decided that I needed to start playing at a higher level. I've put in so much work that it was just time for me to become the elite player that I think I can be."

Dotson has long heard that he was too unselfish, content with setting up his teammates rather than showing off his own abilities. He's also had his share of injuries which have hampered his play until recently. According to Dotson, the expansion in his game was what sold Coach Romar.

"When we talked yesterday, he (Romar) said he's been watching me all these years but he wasn't sure if I was going to be a wing or a guard because I didn't shoot the ball well enough and I didn't dribble well enough. But now he's seen that I've improved enough in both of those areas and that I am a guard."

Romar hasn't been the only coach to notice Dotson's growth on the court. "I have offers from LSU, Miami, Gonzaga and Oregon State," Dotson said. "Those are all recent except for Oregon State."

And he's in no hurry to make a decision either. "I'm actually going to wait, take all my visits and than weigh my options," Dotson explained.

"I'll be visiting Miami, LSU, Louisville and Washington."

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