CHAMPAIGN — When he decided to transfer away from Seton Hall last month, guard Aaron Cosby said he was looking for familiarity with the coaching staff and a style of play that best suited his game. He found both of those on his visit to Illinois this weekend, giving John Groce and his staff a verbal commitment late Friday night.
The 6-foot-3 combo guard was scheduled to visit Missouri from Saturday through Monday, but won't make that trip after giving his pledge to the Illini.
Cosby, a native of Louisville, Ky., averaged 12.6 points per game and shot 40.7 percent from behind the three-point line for the Pirates last season. He was recruited out of high school by Ohio when Groce was the Bobcats' head coach.
“I really like Illinois’ playing style, and I was looking for comfort with the head coach, the staff and location. I have that with Illinois," Cosby said prior to his visit.
Cosby must sit out the 2013-14 season per NCAA transfer rules and would have two years of eligibility remaining.
With the move, Illinois has two scholarships available to use for next season.
The Illini have been recruiting fifth-year transfers who would be eligible immediately and at least one more scholarship is likely to be used there.