Sunday, February 17, 2013
2014 ESPN 60 F commits to Louisville
By Dave Telep
The Louisville Cardinals, according to multiple media outlets, grew their 2014 recruiting class Saturday night.
Six-foot-7 guard/forward Shaqquan Aaron (Los Angeles, Calif./Rainer Beach) committed to play for Rick Pitino.
Louisville went West for another big commit Saturday, reeling in Super 60 swingman Shaqquan Aaron.
According to the Seattle Times, Aaron committed to Louisville prior to a district championship game Saturday night. The California native was recruited by Washington, UNLV, Arizona and a host of others.
Aaron is the latest junior to take advantage of the new NCAA legislation allowing juniors to take officials visits beginning in January of their third season. Aaron visited Louisville earlier this month.
A native of California, Aaron plays high school ball at Rainier Beach in Seattle, where he’s averaging 20 points a game. He began his high school career at Santa Ana (Calif.) Mater Dei and was also homeschooled. He’s the latest in a growing lineage of Pitino recruits from the West Coast.
Current Louisville point guard Peyton Siva is a Seattle native and former U of L standout Terrence Williams hailed from Seattle. Aside from the state of Washington, Pitino’s been successful in California, nabbing Terence Jennings and Ellis Myles during his time at Louisville.
Pitino’s Cardinals have now scored a pair of ESPN 60 standouts. Point guard Quentin Snider (Louisville, Ky./Ballard) committed in August of 2011 and is ranked No. 31. Aaron, the No. 17 overall small forward and No. 1 ranked player in Washington, checked in at No. 51 overall in the 2014 class.
Aaron’s reputation is that of a sinewy perimeter player with a soft touch and deep range. A staple in the national rankings since his freshman season, Aaron made the turn this season from prospect to player as he’s put up strong numbers in Seattle.