Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Luke Cothron Making A Move

HoopsReport.com is reporting that NC State recruit Luke Cothron will be transferring to Durham Academy in Connecticut for his Senior year. Luke spoke with HoopsReport.com and had the following to say:

"Yeah, its official. I'll be going to the Durham Academy in Connecticut...It's just a better place. It's a good move for me at this time," Cothron said on Monday.

According to their report, Cothron plans on cutting his list down in the middle of September.

We'll try to check in with Luke ASAP.


14 Responses to "Luke Cothron Making A Move"
  1. dsmith said...
    August 18, 2009 at 10:41 AM

    hope this doesn't mean he is going to go to UCONN now.

  2. Pack Leader said...
    August 18, 2009 at 11:10 AM

    Thats along way from North Carolina. Any idea why he went that far away w/ the large amount of high level private schools in the state? One could think he could have looked at WOG, Mt Zion, Ravenscroft, or even Oak Hill in VA....

  3. TripleR7 said...
    August 18, 2009 at 12:04 PM

    bad news for NC State...this indicates that his handlers are still the major players in his recruitment and Arkansas or UConn hold a big lead

  4. Eric said...
    August 18, 2009 at 12:27 PM

    ^ Doesn't the term "handlers" imply some degree of influence. The guy has moved schools every year. I am not sure how this has changed anyone's advantage other than UConn's since he mentions they may have advantage due to proximity.

  5. Pack Leader said...
    August 18, 2009 at 12:45 PM


    Here is a great article about how now adays all good players have an "advisor" or third party that handles the overseeing of the young mans future. Particularly Michael Parker is featured in the article, who has a 22 yearold who runs a recruting website handling his recruitment and is has been his "guardian" thoughout the entire summer traveling with him around the nation per Parkers father.

    Curious WPH have you ever met Michael Parkers advisor Joe Davis??? Thoughts???

    Also alot of colleges are mentioned by davis as schools who have had interest in Parker... NC State not mentioned... have we quit persuing him??

  6. redfred said...
    August 18, 2009 at 12:56 PM

    I'm sick of "handlers" and the like. There wouldn't be any "handlers", if there wasn't a "hand out" somewhere in the equation.

    This is supposed to be more black and white, as in "amateur" athletics, but the NCAA has conceded any and all control. The rules are changing as I type.

  7. Anonymous said...
    August 18, 2009 at 1:51 PM

    WPH knows all about Joe Davis. How else do you think they got Mychal Parker's stats all summer. Davis is a good guy, just dumb in handling business.

    NC State fans should be thankful for Davis. He brought Parker and Ryan Harrow to play together and be fast friends, and was pushing NC State hard to Parker. Who do you think would have driven Parker to NC State for his unofficial visit? Davis.

    You have to look at this way, NC State followed Parker all July even knowing what Davis' presence meant in the recruitment. Davis being high profile meant there wasn't any secret about going on.

    Did Davis handle his business poorly? Yes. Did he break any NCAA rules about it? No. The dude saw a golden opportunity to make a quick buck. Some schools bought his service, others didn't. And that's the truth.

  8. Pack Leader said...
    August 18, 2009 at 2:10 PM

    I agree RedFred. Handlers hurt College Basketball. I don't care what you say handler is a synonym of AGENT. I just don't think all the time these handlers are looking out for themselves more than the athlete.

    I dont blame WPH for using Davis to get info on Parker. Apparently in the article, If you dont go through him you got no shot of speaking with him!

    I dont like the fact that he is selling himself as part of the package with Parker. If the VT doesn't wanta pay you $500 to be a "coach" at a camp, you shouldn't hold out the athlete for your personal basis. Not good for the kid.

    Look at Ryan Harrow, know who his "handler" is.... Mrs. Harrow!!!! The way it should be!!

  9. T. said...
    August 18, 2009 at 5:24 PM

    I'm not a big fan of the 'handler' situation either, but I can't really fault the kids, or the handler themselves.

    It wasn't too long ago when high school kids had no leverage.

    Even now, coaches and schools make the big bucks and have all the options. Yes, I understand a scholarship = a great education... not arguing that, and not saying the kids should get anything in addition to that scholarship, however...

    Once a letter of intent is signed, the kid is binded to the school w/ no options barring the school agreeing to release im from the scholarship AND having to sit out a year.

    The coach can leave, the school can be put on probation for past activities, etc. and the kid has no option.

    And while the kid is binded to the school, the school has the option to renew, or not renew, his scholarship every year.

    If I were a heavily recruited 18 year old trying to decide where to go and who to trust, I would definitely want someone, who I trusted, in my corner and who knew the business.

    I would want them to handle the details and filter out all the noise... and if they could get a little $$$ for all their time and hard work, well then, great for them.

    After all, the coaches make millions, the schools make millions, why can't 'my boy' get just a little for helping me out and helping me make one of the most important decisions of my life?

  10. redfred said...
    August 18, 2009 at 5:59 PM

    "Look at Ryan Harrow, know who his "handler" is.... Mrs. Harrow!!!! The way it should be!!"

    Amen Pack Leader.

    Oh but, a perspective coach can't make a phone on the day of the week, and nobody can offer an "amateur" athlete a ride or take them out to dinner. Oh, and don't forget, you wouldn't choose sides and play in a harmless pick up game with someone that the NCAA doesn't aprove of.

    Wasn't always like this, but what a worthless sham the NCAA has become.

  11. redfred said...
    August 18, 2009 at 6:13 PM

    Uh T, right when the LOI is signed, how about if the NBA is forced to hand over a huge wad of cash to these kids parents instead?

    May sound stupid, but it makes about as much sense as the NCAA openly ignoring the obvious, while allowing what are supposed to "amateur" athletes to illicit the services of so-called "handlers".

  12. T. said...
    August 18, 2009 at 6:48 PM

    I'm not saying I like the situation, or agree with it, I'm just offering up a different perspective.

    And yes, the NCAA is a joke... I still think they owe us a National Championship (1973). They put us on probation for 'trying out' a player (David Thompson) who was the most highly recruited player in the country, who had already signed his letter of intent, and the 'try out' was one month before classes started.

    Yeah, right... like we needed to try out a signed David Thompson, 'cause, yeah, you know, aliens could have come down and stolen his ability a la Space Jam. Yeah, right NCAA.

  13. Pack Leader said...
    August 18, 2009 at 8:38 PM

    Have no doubt Dean Smith had his hand in the NCAA ruling David Thompsons "try out". Its ridiculous to infer he ever tried out for anyone...

    Now I wasnt alive during that time, but like the good alum my father is, he heavily informed me of the past and I have heard another "reason" for the ruling was an assistant coach gave him a ride home after a weekend visiting state.... (correct me if I got the details wrong)

    Either way 3 championship trophies should be in the RBC.

    Side note.. anyone think the RBC should get a better trophy rack than hiding it in the corner behind an "Eye Store"? I was thinking maybe in the middle where the historic old Reynolds floor or something more noticeable.

    I just remember as a kid walking up the stairs of Reynolds to see a Gigantic trophy case filled with ACC and National trophies sitting at the top. Really was special and everyone could see them....

  14. redfred said...
    August 18, 2009 at 10:34 PM

    Pack Leader, you're talking about putting those trophies on center stage, highlighting the past success of what NC State can actually be when there are admins who know how to work hard, and smart, and have enough vision to know that athletics are a key in making any major university better in every aspect. Hell, you couldn't ask for any closer examples to go by.

    Sad, but NC State's BB program was once THE ONE example that all others were chasing in this area.

    Anyway, I'm thinking the folks in West Raleigh would just as soon turn the lights totally off in that trophy case you're talking about, if it wasn't for what some outsider might say.


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