Seattle pipeline continues for Louisville

Shaqquan Aaron

Seattle Rainier Beach forward Shaqquan Aaron has been committed to the University of Louisville for over nine months. On Wednesday night, Aaron was finally able to make it official and sign with the Cardinals. Cardinal Authority spoke with Aaron about his signing day.

The Seattle pipeline continues for the University of Louisville basketball program and head coach Rick Pitino.

Terrence Williams, Peyton Siva and now Shaqquan Aaron.

The 6-foot-7 Aaron signed with the Cardinals on Wednesday, part of a three-man signing class that is ranked No. 10 nationally by Scout.com.

"It's going to be great," Aaron said. "I can't wait to get there and be part of it. Knowing what I have accomplished and knowing where I am headed, it's just a great feeling for me. It's a great opportunity."

Aaron, who plays at Rainier Beach – the same school as Williams graduated from – picked U of L in February over Washington, UCLA, Arizona and Syracuse among others. He's originally from Santa Ana, Calif.

As a freshman, Aaron played at Santa Ana 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 averaged 23 points a game last season and helped Rainier Beach to the Class 3-A state title last season.

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.

Now, he's headed to U of L.

Aaron said he already feels "close to everybody" in the program but noted signing makes everything "feel real." He said he never wavered from his commitment, despite some rumors.

"Everybody is family with me now," he said. "When I sign all those rumors about me de-committing and leaving like everybody else will be gone, so that will be good. I've always wanted to play for Louisville."

Aaron was roommates at the Lebron camp last summer with U of L signee Jaylen Johnson and was teammates at adidas Nations with signee Chinanu Onuaku.

"It's a good class for us," Aaron said. "We all have a connection already between the three of us. Jaylen and I are really close."

Aaron said he doesn't mind playing any position on the floor next season and has talked with coach Pitino about what he needs to do to get on the floor early.

"When me and coach P talk, all he wants me to do is get bigger," Aaron said. "Next year that will let me be able to step right into my role. Other than that, he just wants me to keep improving. He likes my skills.

"He just wants me to keep getting better and better."

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