Coach Rick Pitino of the Louisville Cardinals always seems to get the most out of all of his players. He is able to tap into a player without a lot of skill and turn them into major contributors on successful teams. He also takes players with a lot of potential and keeps them hungry to become even better. He did it with Russ Smith and turned the guard into one of the best players in the country.
Pitino will get to do this again when highly-regarded recruit Shaqquan Aaron makes his way onto campus next year. Scouts consider Aaron as a do-it-all guard who has the size at 6-foot-7 to shoot above smaller players and out-quick slower defenders. He is somewhat undersized in the weight department at 175 pounds, but he will likely bulk up some. Scouts believe Aaron can take over games because of how well he handles the ball in the open court and how easily he finds teammates with great passes. Aaron also can lead the break and either pull up for a three-pointer or slash his way to the hoop for an easy bucket. He is a very smooth player and the game looks like it comes to his naturally.
Aaron does have some liabilities, and considering that he will be the focus on the Cardinals next season, he will have to learn on the fly and fix his mistakes. Aaron is known to over dribble and may try to do much when the normal play will work fine.
These mistakes are picking at nits and Louisville fans should not have any concerns when Aaron steps onto the floor and leads the team in the Cardinals’ first season in the ACC.
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