Heels to Check In on Cothron

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. --- On the surface, it wouldn't appear that North Carolina has much need for a power forward in their recruitment of the class of 2010. However, in-state prospect Luke Cothron of Red Springs (N.C.) Flora MacDonald is among the tops in the country at his position.

Not only that, the 6-foot-8 junior has also already had a positive experience playing with 2010 UNC commitment Kendall Marshall

Because of that, it shouldn't come as a surprise that the Tar Heels will be checking in on Cothron this week.

"I've got Duke, North Carolina, Virginia, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, and North Carolina State coming in to watch me work out next week," Cothron said over the weekend at the Real Deal in the Rock. "But, I've got lots more schools than that recruiting me."

A long and lean insider with above average athleticism, Cothron is an Alabama native who put up big numbers after transferring for his junior year. Not surprisingly, he thinks it's been a good move.

"I averaged about 33 points and 18 rebounds a game so it went real well," said Cothron of his junior season. "It's also a very good academic school, I think number two in the state. It was a very good move for me."

With a school list every bit as long as his arms, Cothron says that he's in the early stages of his recruitment. He also says that UNC's recruitment of him is only in the beginning stages.

"North Carolina is a new one," Cothron said. "I've been hearing from them off and on throughout the year, but they're really showing interest in me now."

Recently, Cothron had a chance to run with Marshall at the Boo Williams Invitational.

"When I play with that Boo Williams team they've got some great guards," Cothron said. "Kendall Marshall going to North Carolina, the guy going to Duke - they've got some good guards. Kendall Marshall, he's a pure point guard and that's what I like about him."

For now, Cothron plans to entertain anybody interested in recruiting him. At the end of the summer he'll be looking to cut his list down to five and then to three after his high school season before taking visits and signing late. When he does pick, how he feels about the head coach he'll play for will be right at the top of his checklist.

"First thing is the head coach, I've got to bond with the head coach," he said. "Next is the campus atmosphere and if I like it or not. I've got to feel right with it."

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