On Wednesday afternoon, the California Golden Bears announced that junior guard Justin Cobbs suffered a fractured bone in his right foot and would miss the next six to eight weeks while recovering. While its technically still the off-season in college basketball, the injury is certainly a setback and one that could potentially cause Cobbs to miss some of the team’s early season practices.
Either way, the timetable on paper does not affect Cobbs’ ability to be ready for the start of the regular season in November, but at this point, the Golden Bears needs to make sure that their star scorer in healthy when the time comes. In two seasons at Cal, Cobbs has made an instant impact and he is fresh off a career season in 2012-13. As a freshman, Cobbs averaged 12.6 points per game, but he raised that number to 15.1 just last season.
With the Pac-12 Conference on the upswing after a down season two years ago, Cal needs Cobbs in the lineup and producing at the rate that they have become accustomed to if they hope to keep pace within the upper half of the league in 2014. Cobbs is one of the top returning scorers in the conference and a vital piece to the Golden Bears’ potential success.
The injury, as Cobbs himself pointed out on Twitter, is a minor setback for a major comeback. Golden Bears’ fans are hoping that that can come to fruition and that his recovery will be completed well before the start of the 2013-14 season.