Yesterday evening, Chipola Junior College center Eric Cobb committed to Kevin Ollie and the Huskies. The 6 foot, 10 inch Cobb will have two years of eligibility remaining when he suits up for UConn next November.
The former South Carolina Gamecock averaged 11 points and 8 boards a game this past season for Chipola, which owns one of the top basketball programs at the junior college level. At over 270 pounds, the physical specimen will give the Huskies important muscle in a front court rife with bodies, but short on experience. While he likely needs some conditioning before becoming a major contributor, the rebounding instincts and semblance of an offensive game are welcome sights for Husky fans.
Cobb figures to fit right into the UConn rotation next year. Current sophomore Steve Enoch is still likely the starting center, despite deficiencies on the defensive end. However, Cobb will push Enoch both in practice and for playing time, and should allow current freshmen Juwan Durham and (redshirting) Mamadou Diarra to continue their developments on a normal pace in 2017, along with incoming freshman Josh Carlton.
Out of high school, Cobb also considered Kansas State, VCU, Boston College, and Alabama before deciding on the Gamecocks. In this go-round, UConn beat out Houston, Texas Tech, and others for his commitment.