May 28, 2008

Cobbs looking at a summer decision

Justin Cobbs has been busy on the AAU circuit this spring. The 6-foot-0, 170-pound point guard from Torrance (Calif.) Bishop Montgomery has played in tournaments in Las Vegas, Arkansas and Arizona. And on June 13th he will be traveling to New York to play with the L.A. Dream Team.

"My main thing is establishing myself as one of the elite point guards," Cobbs explained. "I want to get better at passing, making good decisions and just becoming a better all-around player so when I get to the college level I can be right there and ready to compete at a high level. I don't want to have to sit out a year."

Cobbs averaged 19 points and eight assists per game as a junior. He earned CIF Player of the Year and first-team all-league honors.

"First thing is my leadership," Cobbs said when asked what his best attributes are as a basketball player. "When things aren't going well, I can get my team to focus and rally.

"At anytime I can take over a game, whether it be on the defensive end or on the offensive end by making a big pass."

USC, Washington State, San Diego State and Santa Clara have all offered him a scholarship.

Cal, Kansas State, Washington, West Virginia and San Diego are the other programs that have shown interest.

"Right now if I had to narrow it down it would probably be Washington State, Kansas State and Cal-Berkeley," Cobbs said. "I am still open but right now those are the top three."

What does he like about the Cougars? "I like the offense they run at Washington State, that is what really makes them stand out," Cobbs explained. "They have a system where everything evolves around the point guard. In their system the point guard can make the players around him better."

Cobbs has already been to check out USC, San Diego State, Washington and San Diego unofficially. He plans to visit Cal-Berkeley on June 26th and he is currently setting up a trip to Kansas State.

As for a timetable, Cobbs said he will "probably" make a commitment before the Las Vegas Big Time Tournament in late July. "I would like to end it before my senior year starts," he added.

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