Cards checkout budding local hoops star

Aaron Cosby, a 6-3, 180-pound guard from Jeffersontown (KY) HS, recently re-opened his recruitment after making an early verbal to UMass. One of the top prospects in Kentucky's 2010 class, Cosby dazzled last weekend at the King James Shootout in Akron. Tuesday, hometown Louisville, and others, paid him a visit and watched him workout.

Aaron Cosby, a 6-3, 180-pound guard from Jeffersontown (KY) HS, recently re-opened his recruitment after making an early verbal to UMass. One of the top prospects in Kentucky's 2010 class, Cosby dazzled last weekend at the King James Shootout in Akron. Tuesday, hometown Louisville, and others, paid him a visit and watched him workout.

After a strong showing last weekend at the King James Tournament in Akron, Ohio, Louisville didn't waste time getting involved with the standout junior-to-be. Cosby certainly put on a show in Ohio, helping the Kentucky HoopStars reach the semifinals of the 16-and-under Silver Division while posting some eye-popping scoring numbers, including a 41 point out-burst against Louis Williams Elite. He also scored 25 points against the Nashville Celtics and scored 26 against a team from Ohio.

"He had a great tournament at the King James and on Monday Coach Pitino called and wanted to send Richard over to watch him so they could meet face-to-face," said George Cosby, the player's father. "He (Richard Pitino) came over yesterday and watched him workout."

Louisville wasn't the only school in Jeffersontown's gym Tuesday afternoon. Minnesota coach Tubby Smith sent his son, assistant Saul Smith, too. Wright State head coach Brad Brownell was also present.

"I played really well and I think they were impressed," Cosby said. "This is the first time that I've talked to Louisville and had some interest from them. Richard Pitino came and watched and told me that he was impressed and he would like for me to come down and take a visit over the summer and possibly work out with the team in June once they start getting back together."

"I think it's a great opportunity," Cosby added. "I was excited because I hadn't heard from them and they came and watched me play and asked me to come there for a visit. It's a good opportunity."

A former two-sport standout – Cosby played basketball and football his freshman season at Manual – Cosby has since given up the pigskin to concentrate on basketball. That appears to have been a wise decision.

"He's been playing well," his father said. "He's always played both sports (football) and he decided he wanted to focus on basketball and play at the next level. He was a really good football player and getting a lot of interest from different schools but he wanted to play basketball in his heart. Over the last six months he's been able to just focus on basketball and work on his skills and he's really playing at a high level right now."

"I've never really had time to work on my game and fine tune my skills before the season because I've always gone straight to basketball from football," Cosby explained. "But now I've had some time off from football and been able to work on my game, get my body stronger and improve my skills."

Cosby averaged 11 points as a freshman at Manual before transferring to Jeffersontown. He sat out last season and will regain his eligibility next December. He had committed to UMass but re-opened his recruitment when Travis Ford left for Oklahoma State earlier this month.

"(Coach Ford) is still recruiting me," Cosby said. "But I want to look at all my options now and I don't want to rush anything. I want to focus on my play and improving and looking at all of my options. I grew up watching Louisville and I think it would be a great opportunity but I don't want to rush into anything. I just want to wait and see what happens."

The list of schools Cosby is interested in considering reads like this: Louisville, Tennessee, Mississippi State, Miami (OH), Minnesota, Oklahoma State and UAB.

"My strengths are going to the basket, creating shots off the dribble and rebounding," Cosby said. "I'd like to improve on my defense and my outside shooting. My outside shooting has improved but I want to improve it even more."


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