Bloomington – Tom Crean appears to have found the guard he wants in the 2010 class.
The Hoosier coach traveled to Jeffersontown (Ky.) H.S. last Thursday to watch 6'3", 180-pound combo guard Aaron Cosby work out at his high school. Cosby had already impressed Crean's IU assistants with his play on the summer AAU circuit, but Crean wanted to get a first-hand look at the junior.
Crean liked what he saw, and when Cosby called Crean the following morning he offered a scholarship.
"He told me he's going to take a guard and a big man in that class, and he's going to need a really good guard to come in and help out the program," Cosby said. "He told me I'm that guy."
There's a lot to like about Cosby, who will be the featured scorer on a Jeffersontown H.S. team that is ranked No. 2 in the state and figures to compete for a state title this winter. While he plays shooting guard on his prep team and is an adept 3-point shooter, one of the things that Crean said he likes about his game is his ability to score in a variety of ways.
"He calls me a three-way scorer – a long-range shooter, a mid-range shooter and someone who can get to the basket," Cosby said. "He likes me ability to score and handle the ball."
While Crean has developed an affinity for Cosby, the junior guard said there's a lot that he likes about the IU staff as well. He first met IU assistant coach Roshown McLeod a year ago on the AAU circuit, and McLeod was immediately impressed with what he saw. That tie helped open the door for the Hoosiers, and Cosby came to Bloomington last month for an unofficial visit and his first meeting with Crean.
"That was the first time I'd met him face-to-face," Cosby said of last month's visit. "I've watched his previous teams and I love the way he coaches and his style really fits my game."
Indiana isn't the only school that's been impressed with his skills. Cosby said he also has scholarship offers from Minnesota, Oklahoma State, Miami (Ohio) and Ohio University, while Louisville, Purdue, Dayton and Virginia have also bee showing significant interest. But Indiana has emerged as the team to beat thanks to its recent offer.
"That puts Indiana right at the top of my list," Cosby said.
With the IU scholarship offer in hand, Cosby said he will be making a pair of trips to Bloomington in the next two weeks. He will be one of a handful of recruits in town for Hoosier Hysteria Oct. 17, and he's also planning on coming to town this weekend for another unofficial visit.
Cosby said he will be accompanied by his father and possibly his high school coach this weekend, and he's planning on sitting down with Crean and the IU coaching staff to talk about the program. If he likes what he hears, Cosby said there is a possibility he could commit.
"That's a possibility," Cosby said. "If the situation is right and I think everything would be good, I don't mind making an early commitment."
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