Cothron selected the Wolfpack over Tennessee, Alabama, and UCONN among others. He is rated a four-star prospect and the No. 13 power forward in the country by Scout.com. Cothron is generally regarded as a top 60 prospect in the 2010 class.
In 2010 Cothron will join a roster that includes Tracey Smith, DeShawn Painter and Richard Howell.
Wolfpack Hoops has more, but be warned that those guys go a little overboard with the importance of the commitment, and recruiting in general. But, they do address one of the major questions that Cothron’s commitment raised for me:
We are hearing that even with the addition of big Luke, they are still actively recruiting local star CJ Leslie, who has shown an extreme increase in versatility this summer. Leslie is starting to show the ability to dominate from the wing and college coaches are starting to see the option of recruiting him as a small forward instead of a power forward. His recruitment will more than likely continue until the very end, but the talk that the Pack is still working on him is good news for State fans.
N.C. State coach Sidney Lowe and assistant Monte Towe lured Luke Cothron with their plan to restore Wolfpack basketball to prominence.
Cothron, a highly recruited senior forward from Red Springs (N.C.) Flora MacDonald Academy, liked what he heard and committed to N.C. State on Friday morning.
He is 6-foot-8 and 215 pounds and also considered Alabama, Connecticut, Florida State and Tennessee.
“Those guys were all in there, but in the end, the common component they didnâ€™t have was Coach Lowe,â€ Flora MacDonald coach Derrick Bond said. â€œJust his pitch, his history with North Carolina State, Coach Toweâ€™s history and how they talked about the past and the Pack pride and the history and championships they were accustomed to, and just getting it back to that, they did a great job of selling Luke.”
Cothron, whoâ€™s originally from Huntsville, Ala., averaged 27 points, 18 rebounds and four blocked shots per game as a junior. He is rated the 57th-best prospect overall in the Class of 2010 by scout.com.
Projected 2009-2010 NC State Basketball Roster
(1) Dennis Horner (F)
(2) Farnold Degand (PG)
(3) Javi Gonzalez (PG)
(4) Tracy Smith (4F)
(5) Johnny Thomas (Wing)
(6) Julius Mays (PG/SG)
(7) CJ Williams (Wing)
(8) Scott Wood (Wing)
(9) Richard Howell (PF)
(10) Josh Davis (WF)
(11) Jordan Vandenberg (C)
(12) DeShawn Painter (PF/C)
(13) Lorenzo Brown (PG/SG)
(1) Departure of Dennis Horner – Ryan Harrow (PG)
(2) Departure of Farnold Degand – Luke Cothron (PF)
(3) Departure of Javi Gonzalez
(4) Departure of Tracy Smith