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Basketball: Minnesota transfer PG Cobbs signs

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.

Jeff Faraudo

  • Kevin Thomas

    The current roster has the following players on scholarship: Returnees Max, Markhuri, Jorge, Kamp, Smith, Bak Bak, plus recruits Solomon, Crabbe, Franklin, Rossi, Murray, and now Cobbs. That is 11 players on scholarship for sure.

    Now unless Montgomery gave a scholarship to one of last season’s walk-ons like Carter, Powers, or Thurman, or unless he let Omoke keep his scholarship after dismissing him from the team, he should have TWO vacant scholarships left, not one. With Markhuri graduating, that would give him three to use for next year, if he wants.

    At any rate the competition for the guard positions on this team will be intense. And in a game, when Montgomery decides to go small, they will be lights out!

  • David

    Why so much depth at the point?? I would’ve thought we’d sign another big

  • FUSC

    When is the deadline where transferring players have to sit out the following season?

  • Rocko

    Path of least resistance!

  • Jeff Faraudo

    Kevin,
    Your understanding of the 13-man scholarship limit is correct; your count is wrong — the players you listed add up to 12, not 11. And Monty neither gave a scholarship to any of the walkons or to Amoke, who is gone.

    David,
    They’ll sign a big as soon as they can convince one they believe is good enough. They’re not simply taking a guy because he’s tall or wide. I’ll have more on this, but Montgomery feels like among the players on the roster who can play PG, only Cobbs and Smith are pure points. I think he just wanted more depth, more options. And he seems to really like Cobbs.

    FUSC,
    Division I basketball players who transfer must sit out the entire next season, provided they played at all in the second semester at their originating school. In other words, had Cobbs left Minnesota in early December before the next term began, he could have become eligible at Cal after final exams next December. But he played the entire season, so he sits out an entire season.

  • FUSC

    Thanks Jeff

  • Kevin Thomas

    Jeff,

    Cal does have 12 on scholarship and one still vacant. I guess I have been made dizzy by the large number of recruits for 2010. Thanks for keeping track of all of them, and for correcting my error in counting.