Coach 'Shocked' by Cothron's Decommitment

Red Springs (NC) Flora MacDonald head coach Derrick Bond confirmed that his star forward Luke Cothron is no longer committed to NC State, and he admitted that he was shocked by the news.

Red Springs (NC) Flora MacDonald head coach Derrick Bond confirmed that his star forward Luke Cothron is no longer committed to NC State, and he admitted that he was shocked by the news.

"Like everybody else it's new to me," said coach Bond. "I do know he loves attention. That would be my guess on it. He's been on all the campuses before from AAU to camps to visits. It really is news to me. I've got calls this morning, and I'm just as shocked as everybody else right now."

Coach Bond stated that he hasn't had a chance to talk in-depth with Cothron, who is currently in class, about his decision, but would do so at the end of the day.

"I didn't really have a feeling it was coming, but again I'm just taken back by it," said coach Bond. "It's not my decision, it's his decision. I'm the one answering the questions now, but ultimately he's the one who is going to have to answer all the questions. Right now I'll need to talk with him some more before I can really say a lot more on why he made this decision."

Reportedly programs such as Alabama and Tennessee are pursuing Cothron, but coach Bond isn't exactly sure who all is in the mix. "I don't think he has a definite list," he said. "In my opinion, it's just an attention situation. He hasn't really listed any other schools to me.

"I saw a list of some of the schools being mentioned, and most of those schools have a lot of question marks and glaring holes. Seriously, where are you going to find a better fit than NC State? You've got a first-team All-ACC center in Tracy Smith and an all-freshman shooter on the wing in Scott Wood. I think they are bringing in a backcourt of future first-round draft picks in Lorenzo [Brown] and Ryan [Harrow]. Lorenzo is a pro. I think Ryan is a pro.

"With Luke's skillset at the forward spot I would think it would be a no-brainer, so I can't really say what he's looking for. The ACC is one of the top conferences in the country. Sidney [Lowe] is not going anywhere and there have been multiple assurances of that. Like I said, it's a no-brainer to me so at this point I can't say why he has made this decision or what he's looking for. That's why I keep going back to I know he likes the attention."

Coach Bond wasn't sure if NC State remained in the mix or not, but gave his perspective on the situation.

"I can't speak for them on how they would handle something like this, but I know if it was me I would let it be known that if someone sits down in your seat before you get back in it then that's on you," he said. "There was no pressure on him to make the decision he made in the fall. He chose to make that decision. In the beginning he had a list and chose that school. I think he should stick with it and honor it.

"If you put the shoe on the other foot and reverse it, what if the school finds a player they feel is better than you and take him while dropping you? How would you feel as a player and person?"

"NC State did everything right," coach Bond added. "They treated him with respect and on all of his visits they made him feel like family. We're in a situation now where situations like this are becoming more common, and I don't believe that's a good thing."

Luke Cothron is considered a four-star prospect and a top 75 recruit nationally by Scout.com. As of now a new list hasn't been released or a timetable for making a firm decision. Pack Pride hopes to have more from Cothron in the near future so stay tuned!


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