By Michael McAllister
Shaqquan Aaron is one of the better wing prospects in the class of 2014. At 6'8", he has the ideal size and length for the small forward position. However, at 170 pounds, he will need to bulk up for the college game.
He has had a very busy summer, participating in the EYBL, Adidas Nations, and trying out for the under-17 USA team. Aaron was also invited to the Nike Top 100 camp, but was unable to attend due to his busy schedule. He is looking forward to playing for his country, and knows what that honor means. "I tried out for the 12-man roster last year that went to Mexico, but was selected for the 3 on 3 team where we went to Italy," explained Aaron. "I have experience playing for our country and know what they expect. I'll be looking forward to taking home the gold with the 12 player roster."
While his skill set has allowed him to participate in some elite events, it has also drawn some major interest among college basketball's best. He has strong ability to create his own shot, especially off the dribble. His ball handling is very good, especially for a wing. As his jumper continues to improve, he will become an offensive force. Defensively he has solid footwork, and his length creates problems for his opponent. Says Aaron about his game, "I'm not a selfish player. I get my teammates involved in the game. I can see the flow, pass, and know where to get my teammates the ball. I have a great handle and a great jumper." He continues, "What I need to improve on is probably just getting stronger." Aaron also says he has the ability to play either guard position as well as small forward. His versatility makes him an extremely attractive prospect.
Aaron says he's received offers from Arizona, UConn, Syracuse, UNLV, UCLA, St. John's, Washington, and San Diego State. Oklahoma State, Kansas, Kentucky, Texas, Pittsburgh, and Louisville are among those showing interest but have not offered. He also says the entire Pac-12 is showing interest. According to Aaron, everyone is coming at him the same, and he is wide open.
Aaron had positive things to say about Syracuse. "They are a top program. I like their style of play," Aaron said. "They get up and down the floor. They look for long guys and I fit right in." He also thinks he would fit in well with the Orange zone. "I mean everybody's run zone before so I know how to run it. I think I'll fit right in."
While Shaqquan does not have a set time frame for his decision, he knows what he's looking for in a school. "Picking a school that's a best fit for me, and also having a great education." Follow Nation of Orange on twitter Like Nation of Orange on Facebook