Cosby Says Yes

CHAMPAIGN - Seton Hall transfer Aaron Cosby committed to the Illini staff Friday while on a visit to the school.

CHAMPAIGN - Even if it doesn't work out initially, you never know when a relationship forged will pay off.

Years after initially meeting coach John Groce, Aaron Cosby committed to him at last.

The 6-foot-3, 190-pound guard verbally committed to transfer to Illinois Friday while on a visit to the school.

"I love their style of play," he said before the visit. "I love the way they played this year. They look like they enjoy playing for Coach Groce, and that's important. They have a lot of fan support, I noticed that from watching the games, and I have gotten a lot of love from the fans."

Cosby was Seton Hall's second-leading scorer this season, averaging 12.6 points and 3.0 assists per game shooting 40 percent from the 3-point line.

He'll have to sit out a season due to NCAA transfer rules and will have two years of eligibility remaining.

Cosby first crossed paths with Groce as a high school recruit, when Groce was trying to sign him at Ohio.

"I got a chance to get to know him (at Ohio)," Cosby said. "And once I decided to transfer, he started recruiting me hard again, so we have a little bit of a history."

Cosby quickly narrowed his choices to rivals Illinois and Missouri shortly after he announced his intentions to seek other opportunities. Groce and his staff took a trip to Cosby's hometown, Louisville, Ky., in late March. That visit led to Cosby scheduling his trip to Illinois before Missouri, a move that worked out well for the Illini.

His trip to Missouri longer appears to be necessary.

Once news of Cosby's commitment became public, Illini fans took to Twitter to offer their support.

"Enjoying all the love that's being shown out here," Cosby tweeted.

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