Bluechip Hoops Prospect High on the Tigers

A four-star basketball prospect talks about recruiting and his interest in the Auburn Tigers.

Red Hill, N.C.--One of the nation's top prospects for the 2010 men's basketball signee class, Luke Cothron, says that Coach Tony Barbee's Auburn Tigers are his leader with no more recruiting visits planned.

"I took an unofficial visit to Auburn over the weekend and I really liked it," he tells Inside the Auburn Tigers.

"I liked everything about it," he adds. "I liked the coaches and the people I met there. I toured the campus and got to talk to the coaches. I really like all of the Auburn coaches."

Cothron says he currently checks in at 6-9, 218 pounds following the 2009-2010 season at Flora MacDonald Academy, where he notes that he averaged 31 points, 13 rebounds and three blocks per game.

Cothron, who is rated as a four star prospect by, says he is comfortable playing either of the forward spots and can also line up as a post player. Asked to describe his style of play, he says his game is similar to NBA player Rasheed Wallace.

The forward notes that he is not far away from making a decision on his college choice. "I will probably be ready to do it next week," he says. He notes that he is also considering Tennessee and UConn.

Luke Cothron

He says that he is looking for a college where he feels comfortable with the coaching staff and the style of play. "I like an up-tempo style," he says. "I like to run the floor.

"I am looking for a place where the coach can help me develop my game and make me a better player," he adds. "I want to be able to go on to the next level."

Cothron, who is ranked as the No. 13 power forward prospect in the country by, says as he prepares for college basketball the area of his game he is working on is his ball-handling.

Commenting on his trip to Auburn, he says the new basketball arena complex, which is scheduled to be finished this summer, really appeals to him. "I loved that," he says. "It is a beautiful place."

The new home for Auburn basketball includes a state-of-the-art arena plus a separate practice arena, large new locker rooms, weight rooms, meeting rooms, training rooms and offices for the coaching staff.

Barbee, Auburn's new head coach, has one signee already for the spring period. Lee of Huntsville star Josh Langford, a small forward, has signed with the Tigers. Langford is trying to help recruit Cothron, who is originally from Huntsville. Langford and Cothron played together in AAU basketball prior to high school.

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