After spending two years with Seton Hall, guard Aaron Cosby decided to move on to oranger pastures. He will be sitting out the 2013-2014 season, but will join the team with two years of eligibility starting in 2014.
The 6-3 guard from Louisville, Ky., chose Illinois over Missouri. He was the second leading scorer with Seton Hall in his sophomore season, averaging 12.6 points per game. His freshman year, he averaged a respectable 7.9 ppg. In his final game with the Pirates, he scored 22 points in a loss to Syracuse in the Big East Tournament.
Coach Groce set the groundwork for nabbing Cosby two years ago, when Groce was still coaching at Ohio and Cosby was a senior at Northfield Mount Hermon in Massachusetts. Cosby remembered Groce from their previous encounters, which helped seal the deal.
Cosby will be wearing No. 11, the first Illini to do so since Dee Brown and his popped thumbs made that number famous in 2005. Brown congratulated Cosby via twitter on his commitment to Illinois, and Cosby mentioned that Brown also gave his blessing in terms of wearing the coveted number.
He’s got a big jersey to fill next year, and there are going to be a lot of guards on the team in the near future. Sometimes transfers have trouble getting into the swing of things after sitting out a year (ahem Alex Legion) but we haven’t seen how Groce handles this transition. Rayvonte Rice will be our first glimpse this year.
Watch Cosby in action: