Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Luke Cothron Opens Recruitment

There have been those in message board and blogging land that have lamented so far that Alabama has been unable to recruit the best talent from the state of Alabama. In fact, the message has been resounded that Grant can not succeed unless he successfully recruits the great state of Alabama. People saw a commit from Kansas and Florida and they just stood there scratching their head, drooling and repeating, mantra-like, "Grant can't recruit the state, Grant can't recruit the state..." and on and on into that good night.

Well, do I have good news for those of you worrying about in-state recruiting. According to Jerry Meyer with Rivals, Luke Cothron - a 6-foot-8, 210 power forward from Huntsville - who had verbally committed to N.C. State has officially decommitted from the Wolfpack. The top two schools in play are Alabama and, surprise surprise, Kentucky. Other schools interested in Cothron are Tennessee, Connecticut and Ole Miss.

From Rivals:

Four-star prospect Luke Cothron has been considered a soft commitment to North Carolina State, but now the 6-foot-8, 210-pound power forward is officially decommitted.

Cothron, an Alabama native who is now at Red Springs (N.C,) Flora Macdonald Academy, has opened up his recruitment and is likely headed elsewhere than NC State.

Alabama and Kentucky are likely visitation destinations for Cothron and Tennessee, Connecticut and Ole Miss are also on his list.

Connecticut’s Coach Calhoun is scheduled to visit Cothron this week.

Cothron, who averaged 31 and 14 points per game, is looking to make an impact early in his college career.

“I want to come in and play as a freshman,” said Cothron. “I also want a good relationship with the head coach, and I want to be surrounded by a great team.”

Cothron is the No. 33 ranked prospect in the Rivals150.

If Cothron's top two schools truly are Bama and Kentucky, and Kentucky wants him bad enough, it will be a tough recruitment for Grant and his staff. Unfortunately, that is going to be the reality for SEC schools while Calipari is in Lexington: he's going to take what he wants and the other schools can have what's left.

Cothron is by no means a lock to be wearing Crimson next season, but if Grant can land him it would be a legitimate top 50 player added to his first recruiting class to go along with two very solid guards. The question is could Cothron come in and start immediately? 6-foot-8, 210 lbs isn't small by any stretch of the imagination, but it's not exactly imposing. I've seen video of the guy and he doesn't quite have the body of a college power forward yet. With Green and Jemison returning and Hines and Knox showing vast improvement over the last few weeks, it's not a given that Cothron could start immediately. Still, there's no question that for Bama to continue to rebuild the talent level must increase. Cothron would certainly be a part of that process.


39 Steps said...

From scouting reports:

"Cothron is a combination forward that is more of a power forward but spends most of his time on the floor attempting to be a small forward. He is much more productive 17 feet and in where he can score on mid range shots off the catch and get to the rim with power drives and slashes. At times he will settle for deep jumpers where he average at best. He is much more affective when he is in attack mode around the basket and in transition where he can draw fouls and covert from the free throw line. Cothron is a good rebounder that possesses a quick 1st and 2nd jump and usually brings down everything in his area on both ends. Cothron attempted to do too much off the dribble and his shot selection was horrible. He must also work on his perimeter ball handling when he is under intense pressure. Cothron has a ton a talent but his effort was inconsistent. He also must learn to run to the bench at time outs and not be last to the huddle every time. Cothron could be an excellent D-1 forward but time will tell if he will buy into what it takes to make it happen."

finebammer said...

well, call me skeptical.

if he's not going to start for us, he's certainly not going to start for calipari. so that's settled.

as i stated in an earlier post, i don't think grant has to get every in-state blue chip to be successful.

but again, define successful.

is coming in second successful???

if that's the case, count me out.

if competing with kentucky is the bar, i'm all in.

DocFumbles said...

Calipari will get who he wants... although I'd tell my son to be careful based on how he left his last two programs (UMass and Memphis). You know people will be keeping track of what he does at Kentucky.... and it's hard to stop doing what seems to be working for you whenever you get to escape squeaky clean in the eyes of the NCAA>

Hoot30 said...

Anyone have any insight on other recruits, specifically, Ratliff and Langford?

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