Offers Piling up for Cothron

Red Springs (NC) Flora MacDonald Academy standout Luke Cothron isn't a North Carolina native but he is growing fond of the Tar Heel State.

Red Springs (NC) Flora MacDonald Academy standout Luke Cothron isn't a North Carolina native, but he is growing fond of the Tar Heel State.

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," Cothron told Pack Pride. "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."

The 6-foot-9, 220-pounder had a stellar junior season, leading his team to a 22-10 record and a spot in the state playoffs.

"We had a good year, but we came up short," said Cothron. "I think I played pretty good. I feel like my best game came against Word of God when I had 41 points and 19 rebounds... I just felt in that game it was a big-time game and I needed to show I was a big-time player.

"I think we're going to be a powerhouse next year... we'll be much better. We are going to win states next year... easily."

Next up for Cothron is the AAU circuit. He's unsure of what team he'll be playing for, but hopes to finalize that in the near future. For the time being, he's entertaining a host of scholarship offers.

"Recruiting has been great," he said. "I now have offers from NC State, Florida State, Virginia, Virginia Tech, Mississippi State, Auburn, Alabama, UAB, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Texas, Tennessee, Kansas, UCONN, Florida, and Georgetown, and Cincinnati.

"NC State, Florida and Oklahoma State were the most recent ones. NC State actually offered me [on Sunday] when I was there for the game against Maryland. Coach Sidney Lowe offered me a scholarship after the game. He told me he wanted me to go there and play for him."

It was the second NC State game Cothron has attended this season as he was in Raleigh for the Pack's game against North Carolina.

"I like Sidney Lowe," said Cothron. "He's a cool guy. I'm really looking at NC State because they have a nice program. They have good fans. Plus, I know C.J. Leslie, and I know Lorenzo Brown and Richard Howell... I've played against them so I know all of them can play."

Don't expect a quick decision from Cothron. The four-star power forward prospect remains wide open and it looks like his recruitment will extend into 2010.

"Right now I'm wide open," he said. "I probably won't make my decision until the spring of my senior year. I just want to wait and see what happens with all of the coaches and I also want to see what other players the colleges are bringing in.

"I'll probably not take anymore visits until the summer because I want to focus on my academics. I want to finish up strong in the classroom and keep working on my game."

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