August 10, 2008

Dotson Plans Visits

This summer, Aaron Dotson emerged from semi-anonymous to flat-out superstar. The athletic 6-foot-4, 180-pound wing from Rainier Beach High School proved that he's one of the elite players in the country and was rewarded as such by getting chosen to participate in this weekend's Nike Global Challenge in Hillsboro, Oregon. He's also been blessed with a score of scholarship offers, but he's narrowed his list down to a handful and has started scheduling official visits.

"I'm down to five schools in LSU, Washington, Louisville, Miami (Fla.), and USC," Dotson said. "I just sat down with my parents and talked about it, and those are really the five that stood out to me."

Official visits are the next step for Dotson, and the first date he's got set is Miami (Fla.) for the weekend of September 26. A trip will take place the weekend of September 5th, and for that date he's trying to decide between LSU and Louisville. Hometown Washington may not require an official visits, but Dotson may use one on the Huskies as well.

"I think I'm going to take all five before I choose," Dotson said. "But I don't know, if I go to one school and fall in love, then I might just choose that school."

Dotson described what he'll be looking for on each visit. "Somewhere I can adjust to since I'm coming from Seattle," Dotson said. "And where I can fit in with the coaches and the players. I want a coach that has a free offense and not too many sets."

Before Dotson embarks on his travels, he's got one more event to finish out. As a member of Team USA 3 at the Nike Global Challenge, Dotson and his teammates suffered heartbreak in a 74-73 loss to FMP-Serbia. On Saturday afternoon, they bounced back with a 86-72 win over Puerto Rico.

"We just decided to put our egos aside and play together," Dotson said. "Yesterday we were out there arguing and stuff. Everybody out here has a big name and everybody knows who each other is, and everybody in the stands knows who we are. There are no college coaches here, so there's no reason to go out and try to score 50 points. We just want to win."

And win or lose in Sunday's 7th place game, Dotson will always have great memories of the weekend. "It's been a great experience," Dotson said. "We play against each other all the time, and to finally get a chance to play with each other against other countries it's a really great experience."

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