The California Golden Bears will be taking a big hit with Allen Crabbe no longer being on the team, but his replacement may be just as good. As a result, the Golden Bears’ backcourt could be one of the best in the Pac-12 in the 2013-14 college basketball season.
Justin Cobbs will be back and Jabari Bird will be joining the team. There will also be some other players returning in the backcourt, but Cobbs and Bird will make the most noise.
Cobbs was the second leading scorer on the team this past season, averaging 15.1 points per game. He also grabbed 3.5 rebounds per game and averaged 4.8 assists per game.
He could easily go off for more points in the upcoming season, but Bird should get his fair share of shots as well. Bird is the highest rated recruit joining the team and he is one of the most talented shooting guards entering the college hoops season. So although Crabbe will be missed, it helps when one of the best shooting guard prospects joins the team.
If Bird meets expectations and if Cobbs can have another successful year, Cal will easily have one of the best backcourts in the Pac-12. It would also do more damage in the conference than people may have expected.
The Golden Bears may not be the most talented in the conference, but they have a couple of players that could challenge for the Pac-12 Player of the Year, which is saying a lot considering UCLA and Arizona get some of the most talented players on their teams on a yearly basis.
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