Cal sophomore point guard Justin Cobbs, who had 38 points and 21 assists in two games to help keep the Bears tied for first place, was named Pac-12 Player of the Week.
In the 15th week of giving the award, the Pac-12 finally found a Cal player worthy of the honor.
“I don’t think there could be much of a question based on the numbers,” Cal coach Mike Montgomery said.
“It’s a blessing,” Cobbs said of getting the award. “I played pretty well this weekend. I’m a lot more confident. I’m kind of picking spots when to be aggressive, when not to be aggressive. Like against Oregon State, we had guys going and those are times when I don’t need to score the ball and I can just look for my teammates.”
Cobbs, a transfer from Minnesota, had a career-high 28 points along with eight assists, four steals and zero turnovers in 38 minutes as the Bears beat Oregon 86-83. Then he had 10 points and a career-best 13 assists, playing 40 minutes in a 77-63 win over Oregon State.
No Cal player has had more assists in a game since 1993-94, when Jason Kidd had four games ofg 13 assists or more, including a school-record 18 vs. Stanford.
“Jason Kidd, yeah . . . to be up there with him is an honor,” Cobb said. “I’m surrounded by great guys. Harper (Kamp) is capable, Jorge (Gutierrez) is capable and Allen (Crabbe) is definitely capable. When you’re surrounded by guys who are always putting up high numbers, it makes the game easier for you.”
Cobb is second in the Pac-12 in assists (5.0 per game) and 11th in scoring (13.2 ppg).