Basketball: Cobbs named to all-Pac-12 team

Cal senior point guard Justin Cobbs was named to the 10-man all-Pac-12 first team on Monday. Cobbs averages 15.6 points and is second in the conference at 5.8 assists per game.

“I don’t see how you could have a first team without Justin on there,” Cal coach Mike Montgomery said.

Senior forward Richard Solomon was an honorable mention selection.

Junior forward David Kravish earned honorable mention on the all-defensive squad and Jordan Mathews was an honorable mention all-freshman selection by the coaches.

Regular-season champion Arizona swept the major awards, with Nick Johnson earning Player of the Year, Aaron Gordon of San Jose taking Freshman of the Year and Sean Miller named Coach of the Year.

Arizona State’s Jordan Bachynski, who led the nation in blocked shots, was voted Defensive Player of the Year. Stanford’s Anthony Brown was named Most Improved Player.

Johnson and Gordon joined Cobbs on the first team, along with Jordan Adams and Kyle Anderson of UCLA, Chasson Randle and Dwight Powell of Stanford, Jahii Carson of Arizona State, Delon Wright of Utah and Josh Scott of Colorado.

Jeff Faraudo

  • GoBears49

    I said early in the season that Cobbs would make the Pac – 12 first team. It will be harder for him to make an NBA roster next year, but I think he will. While others may not agree, I think he is a slightly better all-round player than Jorge Guitierrez, even though Gutierrez was named Pac -12 player of the year, and a lot better than Jerome Randall, another Pac – 12 player of the year. Cobbs definitely shoots better than Gutierrez and is a slightly better ball handler. Gutierrez was clearly a better defender, though Cobbs is also fairly good in that category. I’m waiting for a lot of comments on this one.

  • covinared

    I have always said that he is not much of a passer and ball handler. He also had trouble finishing off his drives toward the end of this year. Still until the last few games, he clearly was the heart of the team.

  • Wehofx

    Congratulations, Mr Cobbs! Well deserved!

    Cobbs was the only one who played hard every single game this year. The man has heart and it was a pleasure to watch him raise his game each year.

    GB, agree cobbs has the best shot at NBA of our recent poy’s. I’m just not sure if has nba quicks as a shooting guard or the passing/ball handling skills to play the point.

    Combo? We shall see.

  • GoBears49

    i agree with your analysis of Cobbs. It is clear that he has been trying to pass the ball more this year (primarily in the first half of some games), to show off his passing skills to NBA scouts, until the game is on the line, when he reverts to his previous desire to look for his shot, to more directly help the team win.