Many assumed Aaron Dotson might transfer to Washington or Seattle University once he was given his release by LSU.
The former Rainier Beach High star expressed a desire to return home to be closer to his mother who was diagnosed with cancer last year.
According to a source familiar with the situation, Dotson is considering Utah and Gonzaga. Colorado is also a possibility.
Dotson, a sophomore swingman, never seriously considered Washington because the Huskies are loaded at the guard position. He also believes it will be difficult for Seattle U to make the NCAA tournament in the next three years and eliminated the Redhawks from consideration.
He averaged 6.8 points, 2.7 rebounds and 1.5 assists last season. He started 17 games and played in 29.
Dotson would have to sit out next season.
THURSDAY AFTERNOON LINKS:
— Check out the second story and photo on ESPN.com’s college basketball page. That’s UW coach Lorenzo Romar standing behind California coach Mike Montgomery, Gonzaga’s Mark Few and UCLA’s Ben Howland. Interesting picture and interesting story by Dana O’Neil who examines offseason recruiting.
— Not sure why it’s taken so long, but Arizona recruit Angelo Chol finally signed with the Wildcats. Chol had considered Washington.
— Arizona coach Sean Miller has a PR problem. He has more players than scholarships. Somebody has to go, but he doesn’t want to give the appearance as if he’s running anyone off the team.
— I’ve complained about the absence of a restricted area arc the past two years and it appears as if the NCAA is finally going to make it mandatory next season. The NCAA Men’s Basketball Rules Committee recommended a restricted area arc three feet from the center of the basket where a secondary defender cannot legally take a charge. The NCAA will decide June 9 if it will implement the recommendation.
— On its pay site, ESPN.com’s Chad Ford doles out some sober advice for Washington junior Isaiah Thomas and Washington State’s Klay Thompson about if they should stay in the draft or return to school.
— Citing unnamed NBA sources, ESPN’s Andy Katz says Thomas and Thompson are likely to remain in the draft, while Stanford’s Jeremy Green will likely return to school before Sunday’s deadline.