Monday, April 27, 2009

LUKE COTHRON: Interview with the 2010 Pack Target

We recently got to catch up with 2010 5 star Center and NC State recruit Luke Cothron and had the chance to ask him a few questions. First off we'd like to thank Luke for taking time out of his day to talk to with us and we look forward to keeping up with him for the remainder of his recruitment. We had the chance to check him out at the Boo Williams a few weeks ago and got a good look at his game. (Check out our videos on Luke: Video 1, Video 2, Video 3) Like the rest of Coach Lowe's recruits, Luke is a high character kid with high major talent. Luke was very complimentary of the NC State program and Coach Sidney Lowe, and had quite a bit to say about his recent AAU tournaments and his recruitment. Here is the interview:

WPH: What was it like playing with the Boo Williams Team? Did you contact them or did they contact you?

Luke: It was great. They contacted me. Being asked to play for Boo Williams was definitely a privilege.

WPH: Yeah, we’ve heard that being asked to play for Boo is really a big deal. Now we’ve seen you play but Wolfpack Nation doesn’t exactly know Luke Cothron as a person, could you describe yourself?

Luke: Yea. I’m real laid back. I like to have fun and joke around a lot. I also like to read, but mainly I’d say I’m very laid back.

WPH: What about your game? Can you describe that for those that might now have seen your videos?

Luke: Um, I’m a pretty versatile player. I like to play inside and out. I can play under the basket, I can handle the ball in the open floor and I like to shoot the trey ball.

WPH: Is there any certain player you pattern your game after?

Luke: Not really. I just kind of always have done my own thing.

WPH: Ok, Yeah I’ve noticed that you have a unique style to your game. So which schools are coming at you the hardest right now?

Luke: I’d say NC State, UNC and Alabama. Actually Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday were the days when college coaches could visit you and when I got off the plane Monday morning from my AAU Tournament, Sidney Lowe was there waiting for me. It was cool.

WPH: Oh wow that’s awesome. So Sidney was the first one to visit you on the 3 day period?

Luke: Yeah, then on Tuesday Roy Williams came to watch me and so did some other coaches.

WPH: Wow you have an impressive crowd following you around. Did you grow up a fan of any of the schools that are recruiting you?

Luke: No. I was an ACC fan growing up but not of any particular school.

WPH: Gotcha. So you’ve told us in the past that NC State is a school you like. What is it about State that interests you?

Luke: Mainly Coach Lowe. Me and Coach Lowe are really starting to bond. I also like the RBC Center. I was there 2 times this year and got to go into the locker room after the Maryland game. That’s when Coach Lowe offered me a scholarship.

WPH: That awesome. I bet you were excited. Well we don’t’ want to take up all your time we know your busy. But it was a pleasure talking with you and thank you for doing the interview. We’ll be keeping up with you all AAU Season.

Ok Thanks.

**Again, we'd like to thank Luke and wish him well for the remainder of his AAU season. We'll be keeping you up to date and bringing you more video from Luke later this summer. Luke we be playing in the area again soon when the Bob Gibbons AAU Tournament comes to town...and you can be sure that Wolfpack Hoops will be there as well.


17 Responses to "LUKE COTHRON: Interview with the 2010 Pack Target"
  1. j.sol said...
    April 27, 2009 at 2:26 AM

    sounds like another great kid. i really like the fact that coach lowe is focusing on bringing in this high character guys. both coach lowe and coach o'brien are doing wonderful things for this school that extends beyond sports.

  2. Anonymous said...
    April 27, 2009 at 2:30 AM

    Rock on Sidney!

  3. kris said...
    April 27, 2009 at 8:25 AM

    Great Interview! Good luck to Big Luke in the AAU circuit. Hopefully we'll see Luke in an NC State jersey

  4. ppack3 said...
    April 27, 2009 at 9:30 AM

    This is an article that all of these "Sid haters" should read. This is a 5-star guy. Everybody wants him, and Sid is waiting for the guy when he gets off the plane! There's nothing like first impressions. Luke "bonding" with Sid is priceless. Do you think he also bonded with Roy Williams? I would venture a guess....NO WAY! Sid is the man. He can relate to these guys. He has the NBA contacts. He has NCSU Basketball tradition to sell, and the facilities, too. He can point to the Championship banners, and tout the level of competition that these players would be exposed to on a daily basis. But Luke mentions, above all of those things that NC State offers to a potential recruit, Sid (as a person) is what he liked the most about our program. That speaks to me.

  5. Anonymous said...
    April 27, 2009 at 10:19 AM

    So how many Schollys do we have to offer in 2010? Two maybe? Harrow is we have maybe one more?

  6. Anonymous said...
    April 27, 2009 at 10:33 AM

    Sid is the FREAKING man. Can you imagine the impression that you would have if you got off the plane and the head coach of a major college is waiting for you. WOW, that has got to go a long way for a recruit. I would want to play for that guy...I know that. Way to go Sid. Luke, thanks for the kind words about NC State. Hopefully, we will see you in the red & white real soon.

  7. Anonymous said...
    April 27, 2009 at 10:58 AM

    Has he committed?

  8. Anonymous said...
    April 27, 2009 at 12:23 PM

    I am tired of hearing about all the "Sid haters". No one "hates" Sid. We all respect him for what he did as a player, and what he is doing as a coach. I don't think there is ANYONE out there that wants to see him fail. However, as past history is a measure of future success, the guy has very little on his side. That's why he wanted a longer contract, and it was deserved to get his own players in the system. They are all his now and he needs to produce. He doesn't need to hang a banner this year, but I think making the NCAAs is a must. If not, players of this caliper are going to take us off their lists like. Its nice to be in the position, but we need to close on these big time recruits to get things turned around to where we all want them to be.

  9. Wolfpack Hoops said...
    April 27, 2009 at 1:52 PM

    Luke is not committed.

    As of right now...if nothing were to change, we would have two other scholarship available in 2010. I am not including Ryan Harrow as one of those 2 scholarships, so we would have 3 total scholarships available.

    If John Wall were to come then we would still probably have 2 for 2010 as well because John would more than likely be gone after one year.

    If we got Painter then we would only have one scholly available. Harrow and one other.

  10. ppack3 said...
    April 27, 2009 at 2:02 PM

    Sorry, Anon. How's "Those-who-want-Sid-gone-yesterday?" There are plenty of these folks out there. It sounds like you understand the need for improvement at a reasonable rate. So, you obviously don't fall into this category. I'm sick of hearing FROM these people. That's why I'm here.

  11. TJ said...
    April 27, 2009 at 2:36 PM


    Great news landing Jordan Vandenberg ! I think we have a pretty solid class coming in next year. I tell you it would sure be icing on the cake to land John Wall. I know he visited with Miami this past week-end is there any news on how that went? when is he going to cut his list down and is there any news on if he is leaning more towards NC State or less now than let's say 2 week ago. I know you guys have a good source close to him so can you give him a ring and let's see if we can get some good solid information on our status with John Wall. I would think that Vandenberg coming would help us with John Wall because we will have 2 solid big mean in Tracy Smith/Jordan Vandenberg so that Howell and Horner can split time at the 4 and that is alot of help for a point guard to showcase his talent no matter who is in the game. John Wall would turn it into a Top 5 recruiting class and 100% put NC State back on the map and it is much needed for all of the loyal nc state fans also to showcase Sidney Lowe's recruiting and heart! Also the Painter situation just to let you guys know he is very very very good so if we could land him I would do it if he can be elgible this year because that would stack us with depth and size. I really feel like that we could make room for 1 more scholorship under some kind of situation if Cothron & Leslie wanted to come to N.C. State together with Ryan Harrow next year. I'm sure there is something we could work out in that situation. Please do not sleep on Scott Wall guys im telling you all I hear about is Lo Brown and Howell but Scott Wood in my opinion is the best of the 3 and he will provide INSTANT offense! Great 3 point shooter, Great body, Great free throw shooter, I would say he plays ALOT like Peja Stojacavic from the Hornets.

    Speaking of Lorenzo Brown is there any update on if he will qualify with his grades and scores to play next year? I know there had been some questions about this earlier.

    I think it would be such a great problem to have next year trying to figure out what to do because we have so many great players wanting to come to NC State with limites scholorships available I think that would be a very very good problem to actually have instead of having to worry about if we can fill our scholorships! It would show guys that if they want to come here they need to commit when they are offered because there are great players that want to play for NC STATE this is the real deal in the ACC not mickey mouse A-10 or Big 10 but a school rich in tradition. Sidney Lowe is a WONDERFUL person and a pretty good basketball coach and with the right players he will become a great basketball coach. It takes players and coaches together to form something special. Thanks Wolfpack Hoops for all that you do and I look forward to hearing update on John Wall

  12. nashvillepack said...
    April 27, 2009 at 3:53 PM

    Continuous solid work WPHoops.

  13. Wolfpack Hoops said...
    April 27, 2009 at 4:14 PM

    From what we hear Zo qualifying will not be an issue.

  14. Jason said...
    April 27, 2009 at 4:48 PM

    Sounds like a quality kid, one who'd make the Wolfpack nation proud!

  15. Jose said...
    April 27, 2009 at 5:32 PM

    Mostly these days as a true red blood bleeding to the bone Wolfpack fan you have only your faith and optimism to go on. But this past weekend and spilling into monday has brought great happenings into plain sight for everyone to witness.

    1) After "King James" most folks now get what people here have known a while; Ryan Harrow is straight ballin' out of his mind. Go back to fall '08 before prep season started on thru the holiday tourneys and conference/state tourneys and go right up to where AAU sits now. Compare W-L, pts per game, asst.,asst/to ratio, fg %, ect., and you'd be hard pressed finding another player who has accomplished what Ryan has (scary thing is that he shows improvement every time out).

    2. Vandenburg commitment; really, really huge. It had to happen and it would have been almost crippling to go into preseason '09-10 w/o another big. One possible scenario that probably comes out of this is more time Tracy/Richard will play at the same time (by season end this should be a dangerous 5/4 mix against any foe). W/O the big man from downunder commit Lowe would have has hand forced subbing Howell in for Tracy and vice-versa (read in between lines and see that Lowe likes the NBA strategy of choosing the best match up).

    3. Luke Cothron interview; Came across as a straight up young man who is building a great relationship with the leader of our program. I love the fact he is so laid back- go on down the line to our new team leaders coming up from Julius, CJ, Tracy and even new faces like Zo and you see much of the same. Fierce and mentally strong competitors who are laid back and steady in day to day life. Luke would fit in tight with this crew.

    Great job getting this exclusive interview Wolfpack Hoops- like I said it seems to be coming at a great time when the future is beginning to look bright.

  16. Anonymous said...
    April 27, 2009 at 10:42 PM

    "I love the fact he is so laid back- go on down the line to our new team leaders coming up from Julius, CJ, Tracy and even new faces like Zo and you see much of the same. Fierce and mentally strong competitors who are laid back and steady in day to day life."

    I think you have a good point there. Throw in Wood, Harrow & Howell. They're all leaders and come from winning programs, and they all come across as down-to-earth and humble guys.

  17. KDub said...
    April 27, 2009 at 11:21 PM

    A good year on the court would go a long way with some of these kids.


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