Richard Cobbs was immediately an impact player at Canyon Springs High School in Moreno Valley, California. He has always had a beautiful jumper, and now he has added other skills to his game, including ball handling and passing.
Cobbs has the attitude a coach loves from his leaders out on the floor.
"I'm a very comfortable player." Cobbs said. "If he needs me to score I'll score, he needs me to rebound I'll rebound."
Cobbs can rebound because he's added 40 pounds to his 6'5 frame, giving him a body much more suitable for the physical play of Big Ten basketball. Cobbs says he can play inside on the block "if I have a mismatch I might utilize."
While Cobbs is playing well right now, he knows he can improve on all aspects of his game.
"I need to work on probably…..everything really. It's a continuous process working on everything."
Cobbs has been talking with several teams with Indiana up at the top of his list along with Utah, Penn, and Penn State.
"Indiana's the type of style I like," he said.
Arizona, Kansas, and Oklahoma all recruited Cobbs at one point, but have lost some interest after he struggled with injuries to his knees. He says his knees which bothered him with tendonitis during his sophomore and junior season are now "100 percent."
That tendonitis hampered him at various AAU events including the ABCD camp the past two summers. The prestigious camp invites the best high school players on the west coast to face off against one another.
Cobbs will make his final decision after the conclusion of the basketball season sometime before signing day in April. He will look at style of play and playing time he'll get as a freshman when making his decision.
"I'm looking for a team that sets up its shooters, sets them up for better shots."
Sounds like a match made in heaven with Indiana's style of offense.
IU high on Cobbs' list
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