Cothron's Coach Has No Ill Will

Talented Huntsville-born Luke Cothron summarily surprised the basketball coaching fraternity on Monday evening with his official decommitment from North Carolina State. According to his Flora Macdonald Academy coach, Derrick Bond, the mathematics concerning minutes on the floor was the deal breaker.



After a few days of digesting the news that Luke Cothron, who is playing prep ball in the state of North Carolina, had withdrawn his commitment to North Carolina State and is now considering other colleges, including perhaps Alabama, Flora Macdonald Coach Derrick Bond has an analysis of the events.

Bond said that Cothron talked to the North Carolina State coaches. "They are recruiting a kid at the same position and it didn't work out to his advantage," Bond said. "Playing time is a big part of what he is trying to accomplish. That wasn't in the equation I guess."

Forward C.J. Leslie, a McDonald All-America, is the Wolfpack's top priority causing Cothron to rescind his verbal pledge, Bond said. Leslie's teammate at the Word of God Christian Academy in Raleigh last season was Kentucky's sensational freshman John Wall

Although Bond learned about the change of heart after the fact, he harbors no ill will for the 6-9, 220-pound 57th overall rated Scout.com prospect.

"It was a little bit of a surprise," the coach said. "There is no friction between me and him (Cothron). That is a decision he made. He doesn't have to have my approval to say wherever school he is going to. That is his decision but you would like to think you would know about it. He doesn't have to tell me about it. It's his life, his choice. He's the one at the end of the day that has got to sleep with it. I'm still going to be at Flora Macdonald Academy next year - that much I can tell you.

"It did catch me off guard because I didn't see it coming. You have to go with your gut," said Bond empathizing with the young man. "I may wake up in the morning and receive an offer. I may say yes to the school before I get a chance to tell him about it. It wasn't as if I was upset. It's just that it was a shock.

"He's getting calls from everywhere – Wake Forest, Georgia Tech, Florida, Oregon, UCLA – you name it. As far as I know everyone is on the list now. No one is excluded," explained Bond categorizing the proliferation of recent contact.

Alabama called and spoke to Cothron for about 30 minutes according to Bond. "They are going to try to put themselves back in position as well," he said about the Crimson Tide's pursuit of the power forward. Alabama Head Coach Anthony Grant and Assistant Coach Antoine Pettway mentioned an immediate opportunity at the four position playing alongside JaMychal Green.

"Right now he is taking calls. He hasn't really knocked out a list. This thing is wide open. He's going to take a look at every school in the country and enjoy the process. He's going to take about three or four visits and then pull the trigger."

No official visits have been set according to Bond. Prospective student-athletes can sign a National Letter of Intent during the regular period for basketball between April 14 and May 19.

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