Cothron on Pack's Radar

Red Springs (NC) Flora MacDonald power forward Luke Cothron has seen his recruitment explode after transferring to the small school just south of Fayetteville.

Red Springs (NC) Flora MacDonald power forward Luke Cothron has seen his recruitment explode after transferring to the small school just south of Fayetteville.

Hailing from Alabama, Cothron headed to Flora MacDonald looking to firm up his academic situation.

"The decision to attend school here was all about academics," said Cothron. "There wasn't a previous connection. It's a good school, and I wanted to come here so I can work on my grades and qualify for college.

"I actually live in Raeford but go to school in Red Springs. It's a real small town... seems like you can get through it in about five minutes, but I like it here."

Just a junior, Cothron is tracking as a sure-fire high-major prospect. The 6-foot-9, 210-pounder is averaging 20+ points and 10+ rebounds a game to lead his team to a 22-5 record.

"I'm playing well," said Cothron. "I think my biggest strength is my scoring and rebounding inside. I want to work on improving my ballhandling outside. I try to play inside-out though."

The move has also helped him recruitment. UCONN, Florida, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Alabama, UAB, Marquette, NC State, USC, and UCLA are already heavily recruiting the 2010 prospect. Cothron, who claims offers from Alabama, Oklahoma, Charlotte, Arkansas, Florida State, and Mississippi State among others, is taking it all in stride.

"I'm in no hurry to pick a college," said Cothron. "I like the attention and seeing all of the coaches. I'm not going to make a decision until next year... my senior year. I want to have a big summer and go see some more colleges."

Cothron had a chance to visit NC State over the weekend. Heading up his recruitment for the Wolfpack is assistant coach Monte Towe, and head coach Sidney Lowe had a chance to evaluate Cothron when Flora MacDonald faced John Wall, C.J. Leslie and Word of God Christian Academy.

"NC State is recruiting me hard," said Cothron. "I like coach Lowe a lot. I had a chance to talk with him for about 30 minutes after their game when I was up there this weekend. He was telling me that they need some some big men to come in and help them win games. He said if I went there I could have a chance to play a lot and fill the shoes of the guys they have that are leaving."

What did Cothron like most about his unofficial visit?

"I liked the fans," he said. "They were crazy. It was a good game, and I don't think there was a seat left empty in the RBC Center. That was a tight game.

"I really liked the RBC Center. It was big and really nice. I would love to play in a place like that when I go to college, but I've just got to look at all of my options first."

Cothron, who doesn't have any other unofficial visits scheduled at this time, plans on finishing out his senior season before playing on the AAU circuit this spring and summer. He doesn't know yet which team he will play with, but he will be looking to make an impression.

"Yes sir, I'm ready for AAU ball," he said. "I'm not sure yet who I will play for, but I'm going to be with one of the teams from around here I think."

"Cothron has a certain Pervis Ellison-way about him,"'s Dave Telep recently stated. "He's the same size, has a stroke and he's more than willing to mix it up inside on offense. He scored the first hoop of the game on a strong power move inside. Good hands, touch around the bucket and a scorer's touch are going to carry him a long way."

Cothron is currently rated a four-star prospect and the No. 16 power forward in the country by

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