A native of Alabama, Luke Cothron transferred to Red Springs (NC) Flora MacDonald in hopes of boosting not only his hoops recruitment but his academics. So far, things appear to be going well. The 6-foot-8 junior reports soaring grades in the classroom and after averaging in the neighborhood of 33 points and 18 rebounds a game playing power forward, his recruitment has soared as well.
This spring, Cothron has been hitting the grassroots tournament circuit full bore while playing with Southeast FL/AL Elite and mighty Boo Williams.
"It's been a good experience," said Cothron of splitting time between two teams. "Coming out and playing with some big time point guards like Brandon Knight on Southeast Elite and before that Kendall Marshall with Boo Willaims, it's been great."
Some big men like to prance around the perimeter hunting opportunities to launch jumpers, not Cothron. Despite his relatively lean frame, he makes no bones about what he's looking to do on the basketball floor.
"I'm going in there cleaning the glass and dunking on people," said Cothron. "I like playing inside out. I take three shots inside before I take one out. Always."
Sporting a school list consisting of just about any high profile program you can think of, Cothron knows that he's a wanted man. Among those chasing are the Kansas Jayhawks who had an assistant in Red Springs to evaluate him on Wednesday.
"Kansas is definitely on me," Cothron told Phog.Net. "I've talked to Bill Self on the phone a couple of times. They really say that they want me to come."
According to Cothron he's got a pretty detailed plan in place for how he'll approach the recruiting process. For now, he's going to cut his list down to five at the end of the summer. From there, he'll play out his senior season before cutting his list down to three finalists. Then he'll take visits and sign in the late period.
In the meantime, he'll continue his work on the floor and in the classroom. Along the way he's going to fit in some unofficial visits and Jayhawk fans can expect him in Lawrence at some point.
"I'm going to take a couple of unofficial visits this summer and Kansas will be one of them," said Cothron. "I don't know when, but it will be sometime this summer."