July was a proving month for California point guard Justin Cobbs. The 6-foot rising senior from Bishop Montgomery High School helped his own case with a championship in Las Vegas. Now he's starting to see his recruitment take off.
The three-star guard helped pilot his California Supreme team to the victor's stand at the Main Event last month. After the first two days of action, the thought of winning the tournament was the last thing on his mind.
"We started off slow. We lost our first two games and then everything was shaky after that. We came back strong, winning the rest our games and had to beat some really good teams to win the whole thing," he said.
Cobbs did a fine job of running his team all the while sliding off the ball and proving himself as a very capable scorer. Cobbs said he felt like he did what he needed to do in order to prove himself for the recruiters.
"I think I opened a lot of eyes," he said. "I know there were some question marks going into the summer wondering how I can play against other top players. I know people were saying that I was inconsistent. A lot of people just said I can't do it but I think I answered a lot of questions about how good I can be and how I measure against the other top players. I think I opened a lot of eyes and showed people how good I can be. Hopefully I showed that I am one of the top point guards in the nation."
Since finishing the summer, Cobbs said his recruitment has picked up substantially.
"My recruitment has changed quite a bit. There are a lot of major schools calling," he said. "It shows that I played the way that I needed to play and that all of the hard work in the spring and the summer is paying off. That makes me the most pround and my family is behind me so that's good."
Colorado and Iowa are the latest programs to step up and offer him a scholarship. The two high-major schools join San Diego State, USC, Washington State, Santa Clara and San Diego as teams that have offered scholarships. Cal and Washington are also in the picture.
Cobbs unofficially visited San Diego State over the weekend.
"It was real nice. The facilities they have there are really nice. The academics are real nice and coach [Steve] Fisher is a real cool dude," Cobbs said.
Cobbs said he doesn't have a date set up for Iowa yet but he's "for sure visiting" the Big Ten school in September. He said he'll return to San Diego State for an official visit in the fall, too.
"I really like Cal and San Diego State," Cobbs said. "I'm still open, of course. Those two stand out. [Cal head coach] Mike Montgomery is a great guy and coach Gottlieb is always so supportive. They seem like they are more than just coaches. They are mentors and always be there for me."
"The same thing with San Diego State with Justin Huston and Steve Fisher. It's just about you as a person and getting you better at what you want to do whether it's the NBA, overseas or for a job."
Finding the perfect fit is now his main objective. Cobbs said he hopes to have the answer in roughly a month's time.