Justin Cobbs Attracts Big Ten Interest

Justin Cobbs, a 6-foot-3 guard from Torrance (CA) Bishop Montgomery, had a strong summer playing with the California Supreme AAU program, attracting the interest of two Big Ten schools, including Minnesota. GoldenSports.Net caught up with Cobbs to learn the latest on his recruitment.

Justin Cobbs said that his recruitment is pretty heavy.

"California is calling, trying to schedule an official. I just got back from San Diego State. I am visiting Iowa on the 27th and they are trying to schedule an official visit at Minnesota," he said.

Cobbs said that he is still open to listening to schools.

"I'm still open because I am still waiting on a call from Stanford and Kansas State. Those are like the last six. Those are my six, but of course, if another good school called, I would have to take that into consideration, but for right now, they are my top six."

Cobbs said that he does not have a favorite school yet.

"It is still a little early," he said. "I'll probably narrow it down in the middle of October to my favorites and what I want to do. I'll sign for sure in the early signing period."

Cobbs said that he enjoyed his visit to San Diego State.

"It was great. The team chemistry, just talking to them and being around them this weekend was fun. Coach Fisher, he showed me around and I had a great time. I love the facilities. Coach (Justin) Hutson and everything, it was like a family. I really liked it."

Cobbs will take his next visit to Iowa.

"I don't know too much about them," he said. "The Big Ten is a great conference. I think they finished seventh in the Big Ten and they are looking for a guard to come in help play. I don't know too much about them."

California has plenty of things that appeal to Cobbs.

"It is close to home. Being a kid from the West Coast, who won't want to play in the Pac 10. It is a great conference and Coach Montgomery and Coach Gottlieb are always pushing their kids, not just basketball-wise, but after basketball with what you want to do."

Minnesota began recruiting Cobbs late this summer, but they have emrged as a school of interest.

""Tubby Smith is a great coach. He has developed a lot of kids from the college to the NBA and overseas. He is just a great coach. He is supportive and he knows how to win. That's what I really like," Cobbs said.

Cobbs is hoping to set up an official visit with the Gophers.

"They are supposed to call and schedule when that is going to be," he said.

Kansas State is another school that has shown interest in the California guard.

"I talked to (head coach Frank) Martin and an assistant and they are calling and really want to work something out. He said that he was going to call this week," Cobbs said.

Cobbs is hoping to get some schools to attend open gyms the next few weeks.

"Cal is going to try to come down this week. San Diego State is going to try to come down this week. Today is Monday, so hopefully, there will be a few more schools. The other schools are supposed to call this week."

Minnesota is supposed to head to the West Coast to catch Cobbs in action.

Cobbs is an excellent student with a 3.0 GPA and is fully qualified. He has two possible majors in mind.

"Communications or criminal justice. With communications, maybe be a sports analyst, if everything does not work out. You can't play forever. Your knees can't do it," he said. "With criminal justice, I am always into helping and seeing what is going on. My dad was a police officer, so maybe not being a police officer, but figuring out a crime or just helping around to keep the community safe. That is the main thing."

Bishop Montgomery finished 26-7, losing to Santa Margarita 67-39 in the playoffs. Santa Margarita was led by Klay Thompson, whose father Mychal, was a former number one overall NBA draft pick after a standout career at Minnesota. Cobbs is a three-time All-CIF selection and was co-Player of the Year along with teammate Aaron Ware. Cobbs has high expectations for this upcoming season.

"We lost two players. They weren't really post players, but they were our biggest players, Aaron Ware and Leland Jones, at 6-foot-5 and 6-foot-6. We've got all our guards, we just lost our big men," he said. "We have a junior who is going to replace them. We are not going to have the same team, but we are going to be all right and hopefully I can help. I just have to do a little bit more and try to contribute a little bit more to help us keep up that success and hopefully win the CIF and state this year."

Cobbs saw his recruitment pick up with his strong play with the California Supreme. He starred in the backcourt alongside junior Gary Franklin.

"Me and Gary (Franklin) have been playing together since we were 4 and 5 years old, so our chemistry together is ridiculous. We used to play football together since we were little. It was hard to guard and stop us and that really helped us and we also had Solomon Hill and Jeremy Tyler," he said.

Cobbs said that he and Franklin have had some talks about playing college basketball at the same school.

"We always talk about playing together, but it makes it kind of hard because he is 2010 and I am 2009. It would be different if we were in the same grade, but we talk about it and if it comes around to where he calls me and says 'one of your top schools is in my top two or top three,' we will talk about it and see what happens. But if that happens, people will be in trouble, because me and Gary have been playing together for a long, long time."

Cobbs played football early in his career, but now just concentrates on the hardwood.

"I played football my freshman and sophomore year. I played wide receiver and safety. I just wanted to concentrate on basketball," he said. "Football is way more physical than basketball. I was not going to risk getting hurt and ending my career over football. I was good at football, I just liked basketball more."

Cobbs attended a few camps this summer.

"I went to Cal and Santa Clara's camp. Cal's was an individual camp and I was going to stay for the team camp, but I had to catch a flight and fly home," he said.

Cobbs said that getting a chance to play early in his college career will be a big factor in his college choice.

"I want to come in and contribute. My first year, I don't want to just sit and play behind someone and sit the bench the whole game," he said. "I want to help the team and not just be another player on the bench. I want to contribute. People say location matters, but that is not a thing. Coach chemistry, my relationship with the coach and how he feel about me as a player and how he is going to help me after basketball and how he really cares and stuff like that."

Cobbs said he is a well-rounded player for fans that have not had a chance to see him play.

"I'd describe myself as a leader and a defensive stopper. I'm bigger than most guards, so I can get to the basket," he said. "Being a leader and getting my teammates involved and most importantly, being a defensive stopper."

Cobbs is working hard to improve his all-around game for a big senior season and to prepare for college.

"My main thing is that I want to become more consistent, so that my coach knows what he is going to get out of me," he said. "Maybe I am missing shots, but he knows that I am going to help rather than hurt the team by doing other things."

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