CHAMPAIGN — When Aaron Cosby decided he’d be best suited to finish his college career somewhere other than Seton Hall, the 6-foot-3 guard said he heard from “anywhere from 13 to 20 schools.”
Cosby quickly narrowed his choices to two schools — Illinois and Missouri — and is making the first of his two official visits this weekend with John Groce’s program.
Cosby is familiar with the Illinois staff, which recruited the Louisville, Ky., native during his prep days while Groce & Co. were at Ohio.
“I got a chance to know them pretty well back then,” said Cosby, who was to arrive on campus Thursday and is expected to visit until Saturday. “I went to prep school for a year and got a lot of high-major offers. But, I really liked Coach Groce and his staff.”
Cosby played two years at Seton Hall. He averaged 7.9 points as a freshman and 12.6 last season, shooting 40 percent (66 for 165) from behind the three-point line.
“I’m a guard who can play the 1 and the 2. I can shoot the basketball and create for others if I need to,” Cosby said. “These two systems (Illinois, Missouri), I feel like would maximize my abilities.”
When Cosby leaves Illinois on Saturday, he will head to Missouri and visit with the Tigers until Monday. He said he plans to make a decision next week.
“I just want to be able to get on the campuses and sit down and talk with the coaching staffs from both schools and be able to get a handle on both situations,” Cosby said. “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. I had a chance to sit down with Coach Groce and the staff already a couple of times. They came to my house and talked to my family, so I’m looking forward to getting there and seeing everything.”
Cosby would be eligible for the 2014-15 season.