I am usually not one to jump the gun and say how a freshmen will do before he even hits the court in college basketball, but here we are, talking about Jabari Bird and how he will lead the California Golden Bears in scoring in the 2013-14 season.
Bird is a four-star recruit and is ranked No. 23 in the class of 2013, according to ESPN. He stands at 6’6”, plays the shooting guard position and is expected to have a big impact right off of the bat for California.
We have yet to see him play his first game in the 2013-14 season–since it hasn’t even started yet–but he very well could be one of the best shooting guards in the nation.
Bird will have to replace Allen Crabbe, who led the Golden Bears with 18.4 points per game last season.
The one player that could easily average more than Bird in the upcoming season is Justin Cobbs. Cobbs is the highest returning scorer. He put up 15.1 points per game last season and he will have to do the same or better if California is even going to think about competing in the Pac-12.
So although Cobbs will be the leader of this team, he has already proven his worth, whereas Bird will have some very big shoes to fill.
With the buzz that Bird is getting, he could lead the team in scoring and help lead Cal to the NCAA tournament.
Time will only tell, but I am going with the incoming freshman to lead the team in the scoring department.