July was going to be a huge month for Michael Cobbins. The opportunity to play in front of college coaches and increase his future options was going to be big for the 6-foot-8 forward from Amarillo (TX) Palo Duro. Unfortunately for Cobbins, his month was cut short by a knee injury suffered at the Reebok All-American camp.
Even though he'll be sitting the rest of July out, Cobbins has already had plenty of opportunity to show coaches and scouts what he's made of. More than anything, he's proven to be quite the competitor.
"My high school coach sort of pushed that into me during my freshman year," said Cobbins of how hard he plays. "It's kind of natural to me now."
A long and lean insider who can really run the floor, Cobbins has an outstanding motor that never stops. But, before you go confusing him for a guy with no skill it's important to understand that he's much improved on the offensive end and he's continuing to work on expanding his game.
"My strengths I think would be rebounding, posting up and running the floor," said Cobbins. "One of my weaknesses right now is my ball handling. I've been working on that and expanding my faceup game this off season."
With interest coming in from all over the country, Cobbins has no shortage of suitors. Among those involved are Virginia, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Baylor, Indiana, Florida, USC, Missouri and several others. Showing increasing interest are Rick Barnes and the Texas Longhorns.
Of course, Cobbins school produced Longhorns guard Justin Mason so there is some familiarity there.
"It's real tempting to go ahead and go there (Texas)," Cobbins told Burnt Orange Beat. "They've got history with my school."
For now, Cobbins will focus on getting back to full health and then sorting things out. Comfortable being recruited as a four man who can face the basket some, it's all about finding the right blend of school and hoops.
"Academics is the main thing, it's real important to me," said Cobbins. "The style of play, of course, is big too."