Louisville continues pipeline from Seattle

Louisville continues pipeline from Seattle

The University of Louisville basketball program has added another top prospect from the Class of 2014. The Cardinals picked up a commitment on Saturday night from Seattle Rainier Beach High School star Shaqquan Aaron.

Shaqquan Aaron made his official visit to the University of Louisville two weeks ago and said afterward that he "loved" it.

On Saturday night, Aaron made his commitment to the Cardinals.

The 6-foot-8 guard from Seattle Rainier Beach High School picked the Cardinals over Arizona, Washington and UCLA. Scout.com has Aaron ranked as the No. 34 overall prospect in the Class of 2014 and No. 11 among small forwards.

"He's a perfect fit for Louisville," Rainier Beach coach Mike Bethea said.

Aaron said the Cardinals had "been on top of my list for a while," but he wanted to take a visit to make sure that's where he wanted to attend college.

"I just wanted to take my official and see what it was like," Aaron told Cardinal Authority. "I loved it. Louisville is the perfect fit for me. It's really the perfect style and Coach (Pitino), what more can you say he's a Hall of Fame coach and is going to get the best out of me. It was such a good opportunity for me."

Aaron was recruited by U of L assistant coach Wyking Jones, who has major ties to the West Coast and the player said he has "built a great relationship with him," noting "they have a great program and a great staff."

Aaron is originally from California and is playing his first season at Rainier Beach, the high school where former U of L star Terrence Williams attended. Bethea was also Williams' coach in high school. U of L also has current senior Peyton Siva, who is from Seattle and knows Bethea.

"It's a great program," Bethea said. "I told (Aaron's parents) they can feel comfortable handing him off to coach (Rick) Pitino."

Scout.com national analyst Evan Daniels said "Aaron is a talented prospect with great size for the position. He can fill it up from the perimeter and is a legit long-range shooter."

Aaron is averaging 23 points a game for Rainier Beach and Bethea said he's a "legit 6-7 ½ or 6-8 and is probably going to grow another inch."

"He's just so long," Bethea said. "He reminds me a lot of a former player – Jamal Crawford (who plays in the NBA) – with his ability to shoot the ball and his skills. He can shoot it. His range is unlimited."

As a freshman, Aaron played at Santa Ana, Calif., Mater Dei and helped the Monarchs go 32-3 and win California's Division I state title. He averaged 9.2 points, 4.1 rebounds, 3.2 assists and two steals a game.

Just after that season, Aaron left Mater Dei and enrolled at Woodland Hills, Calif., Taft but never played a game there. He was home schooled for much of his sophomore season before ending up at Rainier Beach.

Aaron was named to the 2011 USA Basketball 3-on-3 Youth World Championship team and has participated in several other USA Basketball events. His father, Carl, played professionally in Australia.

His brother, Shaddean, played at Mercer and his younger sister, Shalexxus, is a prospect who is in the eighth grade.

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