Aaron Cosby Leaves Illinois Basketball Program

Champaign, Ill. (Fighting Illini Athletics) – Fighting Illini head basketball coach John Groce announced Friday that Illinois and redshirt junior guard Aaron Cosby (Louisville Ky.) have parted ways. Cosby will remain enrolled in spring semester classes and intends to earn his degree before transferring to another institution to pursue a master's degree.

“After having further discussions with Aaron and evaluating the situation from both sides, he and I have mutually agreed that it is best to part ways,” Groce said. “I enjoyed coaching Aaron and appreciate the contributions he made during his time here. I wish him success and will be rooting for him to have a great finish to his career.”

Cosby played in the first 19 games of the season, starting 13 times. He ranked fourth on the Illini in scoring with an average of 7.8 points. He scored in double figures in six games, led by a season-high 19 points in a victory at Northwestern on Jan. 14.

“I have a great relationship with my coaches and teammates here at Illinois, but feel it's in my best interest to seek out a new opportunity,” Cosby said. “I'm thankful for everyone in the program for their support and look forward to the next chapter in my basketball career.”

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