Curtis Cobb: Junior Primer

There's nothing particularly explosive about Cobb's game. He doesn't boast an extensive collection of highlight reels to his name and likely will never be a fan favorite on YouTube.

But Curtis Cobb has been a productive scorer for a talented Wilbraham & Monson squad that also features high-major senior signees Goodluck Okonoboh (UNLV) and Max Hoetzel (Indiana).

Cobb first caught my attention at the Holiday OT Invitational this past December. In his first outing of the event, he scored 19 points and added six rebounds and five assists. And while that obviously was only one performance, those numbers tell the representative story.

He doesn't have the look of a player who will go off for 30 points in a college game. He's more opportunistic than that, but he makes other plays beyond scoring that enhance his value.

Cobb is a very smooth handler and passer who roams the court effortlessly. His best offense is a mid-range jump that he sets up nicely off the dribble. He also hits some threes in a catch-and-shoot role, but his release from deep is slower than would be ideal. Off the bounce, however, he moves quickly from dribble into his shot. The in-between areas are great for players lacking elite athleticism, and he already makes use of those sections.

In order to compete defensively for a major program, Cobb will need to become much stronger. He's only 6-4, 175 pounds and needs another 20-25 for the next level. He also can be a little too quiet and unwilling to force bad shots, though in fairness he's sharing space with talented teammates and not asked to be a dominant scorer.

His recruitment reflects his talent. He claims offers from Connecticut, Providence, Rhode Island and others, with the potential to expand that list in the coming months.

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