Luke Cothron, the 6-foot-8 basketball forward at Red Springs Flora McDonald, is no longer committed to N.C. State, but still likes coach Sidney Lowe, the school and its fan base.
"Basically, his concern is playing time," Flora McDonald coach Derrick Bond said Wednesday morning. "He and C.J. Leslie [of Raleigh Word of God] basically play the same position. They have some different skills, but they play the same position.
"If State gets C.J., he is going to a lot of minutes."
Bond said Cothron had mentioned State's dream lineup for next year: freshmen Lorenzo Brown and Ryan Harrow plus veterans Tracy Smith and Scott Wood plus possibly Leslie.
"I know that Luke still likes N.C. State a great deal and is watching the program very closely," Bond said. "He watched every minute of its game on Tuesday night [a 57-56 NIT win over South Florida] and was sitting on the edge of his seat."
Bond said he wasn't sure which other schools Cothron is interested in schools but thinks he will speak with Kentucky, Alabama and Texas A&M.
"All of them could use a player with Luke's skills," Bond said. "Luke wants to go somewhere that needs a player with his skill set. I tell him the more competition the better, but I also tell him he needs to make what he thinks is the best decision for him.
"But I'll tell you, if C.J. were to commit to Kentucky tomorrow, you'd probably see Kentucky come off his list and N.C. State at the top again."
Leslie, a McDonald's All-America and ranked among the top prospects in the country, has not announced a final list of schools. He had committed to N.C. State after his freshman year, but later decided to reopen his recruitment.
Among the schools that he is believed to be most interested are N.C. State and Kentucky.