Aaron Cosby Transferring To Illinois

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Cosby was visiting Illinois this week and was going to visit Missouri but it appears there's no need for the Missouri visit.

We are now down to two open scholarships because on Friday night Seton Hall transfer Aaron Cosby announced that he was coming to Illinois.

"Coach (John) Groce, the staff, the fans all made me feel at home," Cosby told ESPN Chicago. "Coach Groce really put his best foot forward with me and my family, and I felt he was sincere. It's a great opportunity here, and it fit everything that I was looking for in my new situation.

"It was tough because I respect (Missouri coach Frank) Haith and what he's doing at Missouri. They did a great job recruiting me. But I just felt Illinois is right for me."

Cosby was visiting Champaign from Thursday to Saturday and had been planning on visiting Missouri afterward. Obviously that trip has been cancelled.

This is great news for the Illini, as Cosby averaged 12.6 points per game for the Pirates last season, but more importantly, he shot 40% from three. At the moment this is an Illini team without a lot of great outside shooters, so Cosby's touch from deep will be a nice boost.

Of course, Cosby won't be eligible to play for the Illini until the 2014-15 season, as transfer rules require he'll need to sit out next season. He will have two years of eligibility remaining, though.

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