The high school basketball career of Shaqquan Aaron
has taken another turn as Rainier Beach
head coach Mike Bethea confirmed Monday morning that the rising junior star is enrolled at the Seattle school.
Aaron, a 6-foot-7 guard ranked No. 13 in the MaxPreps Class of 2014 Top 100, played at Mater Dei (Santa Ana, Calif.) as a freshman, helping the Monarchs go 32-3 and win California's Division I state title.
Immediately following the 2010-11 season, Aaron left Mater Dei and wound up at Taft (Woodland Hills) last fall. He never played a game for the Toreadors and was home schooled through much of his sophomore year.
Recent indications pointed toward the five-star talent playing at Granite Hills (Apple Valley), but instead he will join Washington's defending Class 3A state champions.
According to Bethea, Aaron's move to the Emerald City came as a surprise to him, saying, "They (Rainier Beach administrators) called me down to the office and said, 'You have a new player.'"
Bethea added that Aaron came to the area with his mother.
The Vikings were already expecting big things this winter with the return of state tournament MVP MarQuis Davis
, Djuan Piper
and burly post Elijah Foster
. Kansas signee Anrio Adams was the lone senior for Beach in 2011-12.
Rainier Beach has won six state titles since 1988 and is noted for producing a steady stream of NBA players, including Jamal Crawford, Doug Christie, Nate Robinson and Terrence Williams.
Despite the transfers and general uncertainty regarding his status, Aaron showed this summer he is still an elite prospect. He is a one of the top scorers in the 2014 class and possesses unique size on the perimeter.
Rainier Beach – likely to become a popular pick in preseason national rankings – will participate in the MaxPreps Holiday Classic, Dec. 26-29.