Bloomington – Tom Crean was glad to see a familiar face on IU's campus this past weekend.
Louisville (Ky.) combo guard Aaron Cosby had been in to visit the Hoosier program on a couple of occasions in the past, most recently last fall before the start of Crean's first season as Hoosier coach. But his stop off last Saturday at IU for Elite Camp was his first time in town in nine months, and his first chance to talk with Crean since that last unofficial visit.
"He said he was excited about the way I was playing," said Cosby, who did remain in contact with the Hoosier assistant coaches before this past weekend's trip. "He also said he was excited I was back on campus."
From the accounts of several who were in attendance at the Elite Camp, Cosby performed extremely well at the camp. A schedule conflict prevented him from staying in town for the second day of camp, but his Saturday performance grabbed plenty of attention.
Cosby said he's spent a good portion of his time in recent months working on some of the things that Crean suggested last summer, and he was able to put those new elements to his game on display Saturday at Assembly Hall.
"I feel I've added some strength and I'm finishing well with both hands around the basket and I've added the mid-range to my game," Cosby said. "Those are things (Crean) told me that if I added them I'd be a really good player."
Cosby has not only developed over the past year, but will also have an additional season to get himself ready for the college game. Originally slated to be a 2010 recruit, Cosby is transferring from Jeffersontown (Ky.) H.S. and will instead play at Northfield (N.H.) Mt. Hermon. He's also going to reclassify and be a member of the 2011 class.
"It's going to be really good for me (to reclassify)," Cosby said. "It gives me more time to develop as a player and prepare for the next level. College coaches also see it as a positive."
With an extra year before he gets his college career underway, Cosby also has more time to sort out his recruiting situation. He's getting mail from programs from around the country, but said the ones that he's been talking to are Indiana, Oklahoma State, Dayton, VCU and Alabama.
"By reclassifying I'm not starting (my recruitment) over, but I'm looking at everything because I have time now," Cosby said.
As he continues to get more interest, Indiana continues to be a program that Cosby is giving very consideration. He's developed a bond with Crean as well as the IU coaching staff, and the fact they've been in the recruiting picture for well over a year is an important consideration for the combo guard.
"It's all about building a relationship and being comfortable with the head coach," Cosby said. "So it's a big deal to me that Indiana has been interested for a while."
But it's not only the staff that has made an impression on Cosby. His occasional visits to town has given him a chance to see what the community has to offer, and his proximity to the state has taught him about how big basketball is in Indiana.
"It's just the tradition there," Cosby said. "It's one of the best programs ever in college basketball. It's a winning tradition and everything it stands for."
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