Basketball: Cobbs among Cousy Award finalists

Cal’s Justin Cobbs is among four Pac-12 players on the list of 23 finalists for the Bob Cousy Award, given to the nation’s top point guard.

Cobbs is averaging 16.0 points and 6.0 assists and had the game-winning shot in the Bears’ upset of then-unbeaten Arizona.

“It’s a blessing,” Cobbs said. “Shows you what hard work can do. Just gotta keep getting better. Never be content with yourself. Keep striving for greater goals.”

Asked when he’d first heard of Bob Cousy — the Hall of Famer who retired after the 1963 NBA season — Cobbs admitted, “Bob Cousy . . . I don’t know. My Pops probably knows him.”

Cal coach Mike Montgomery was thrilled for Cobbs, who came to Cal as a transfer after his freshman season.

“It’s great,” Montgomery said. “He leaves Minnesota years ago and comes here and nobody much knows about him.

“He’s had his trials and travails and I think it’s quite an honor for him. And he deserves it.”
 Other Pac-12 nominees are UCLA’s Kyle Anderson, Arizona State’s Jahii Carson and Arizona’s T.J. McConnell.

Also up for the award are Xavier Thames of San Diego State, Tyler Ennis of Syracuse, DeAndre Kane of Iowa State, Shabazz Napier of Connecticut and Oklahoma State’s Marcus Smart.

Jeff Faraudo