NU lands 6-5 shooting guard Cobb

Updated: September 21, 2009, 4:12 PM ET
By Scott Powers | ESPNChicago.com

Northwestern assistant men's basketball coach Tavaras Hardy recently spoke of an exciting time ahead for the Wildcats' recruiting.

On Sunday, they began to arrive.

It was on Sunday evening that Northwestern received a commitment from versatile 6-foot-5 shooting guard Jershon Cobb out of Decatur, Ga.

After building a relationship with Hardy over the recruiting periods, Cobb made a visit to Evanston this past weekend and was impressed by what he saw.

"I just believed everything coach Hardy told me, and when I saw it for myself, everything was OK," Cobb said. "Northwestern was the combination of everything for me -- the opportunity to come in and play right away, and the education, it's the best."

Cobb had a chance to play some pickup games with his future teammates over the weekend. From what he witnessed, Cobb believes Northwestern is headed to its first NCAA tournament this season. It's also why he chose the school.

"They're good," Cobb said. "They were competitive games. I think they're going to make the tournament this year. They have almost everyone back. They're more mature. ... I think I can be a part of something. I can help elevate their program."

Cobb will look to do so with his ability to get to the rim. He's known for driving past defenders and finding a way to score.

"I just got a knack for getting to the hole," said Cobb, who averaged 20 points a game as a junior at Columbia High School in Decatur, Ga. "I'm athletic, but I'm not super athletic. I can dunk on a big guy. I can get to the basket and take some contact.

"I can come in as a freshman and score, pass and defend. I'll do whatever coach needs me to do."

Cobb chose Northwestern after also considering Auburn, Boston College, Bradley, Cincinnati and East Carolina.

Scott Powers covers high school and college sports for ESPNChicago.com and can be reached at

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  • Scott Powers is a general reporter for ESPNChicago.com. He is an award-winning journalist and has been reporting on preps, colleges and pros for publications throughout the Midwest since 1997.