On the final day of the spring signing period, the Bears have added another point guard, landing Minnesota transfer Justin Cobbs.
Listed as 6-foot-3 (but apparently somewhat shorter), the sophomore-to-be must sit out next season as per NCAA transfer rules. He becomes eligible for the 2011-12 season.
At Minnesota, Cobbs played in 34 of 35 games as a freshman this past season, averaging 2.1 ppg and 1.3 apg. He converted 25 of 29 free throws, but shot only 3-for-17 from the 3-point arc. His best Big Ten game was a seven-point effort in a win over Purdue.
Cobbs was rated by Rivals.com as a three-star recruit out of Bishop Montgomery HS in Torrance, where he played alongside incoming Cal freshman Richard Solomon in 2008-09. Solomon transferred from Bishop Montgomery to Price HS for his senior season in 2009-10.
Cobbs, who considered Cal out of high school before picking Minnesota, becomes the sixth player signed by coach Mike Montgomery this year, along with five incoming freshmen. That leaves the Bears with one vacant scholarship, which they likely will hold onto for next year, when only center Markhuri Sanders-Frison is scheduled to depart as a senior after the 2010-11 campaign.
Cobbs also provides the Bears with more choices at point guard, at least a year from now. Junior-to-be Jorge Gutierrez can play the position, and Brandon Smith returns after a freshman season in which he saw limited action. Two incoming freshmen — Gary Franklin Jr. and Emerson Murray — also can play at the point.