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Justin Cobbs was named to the All-Pac-12 first team.
Courtesy: Cal Athletics
Justin Cobbs Earns First Team All-Pac-12 Honors
Courtesy: Cal Athletics  
Release:  03/10/2014

WALNUT CREEK, Calif. – California senior guard Justin Cobbs was named a First Team All-Pac-12 selection in a vote by the league’s 12 head coaches, the conference announced on Monday. He was joined by senior forward Richard Solomon, who was an honorable mention selection, David Kravish, who was an honorable mention pick on the all-defensive squad, and Jordan Mathews, who earned All-Freshman honorable mention.

Cobbs, the Pac-12’s active career assist leader with 706 in 98 career games, completed the regular season ranked second in the Pac-12 and 23rd nationally with a 5.8 apg. average. He recently moved ahead of Jason Kidd (1992-94) for fourth in school history in assists. His 5.2 apg. career average ranks third at Cal. The guard also completed the regular season ranked third in the Pac-12 in assist/turnover ratio (2.4), eighth in free throw percentage (.813), and 10th in scoring (15.6 ppg.). The senior led or tied for the team lead in scoring in 15 games this season.  

In league games, Cobbs finished the regular season ninth in the Pac-12 with 16.7 ppg. He has recorded nine 20-point games overall this season, including a career-best 31-point performance against Dayton in the Maui Invitational. He has posted at least seven assists in a game 15 times this season. He hit the game-winning shot in the final minute to go along with 19 points and seven assists as the Golden Bear lifted Cal to a 60-58 victory over top-ranked Arizona on Feb. 1.

Cobbs is one of just three Golden Bears in school history to record at least 1,400 career points and 500 career assists. He enters the Pac-12 Tournament with 1,408 career points and 506 career assists in just his third season at Cal after transferring from the University of Minnesota.

Cobbs was a second-team all-conference selection last season and an honorable mention pick in 2012.

Solomon completed the regular season as the Pac-12’s rebounding king after holding the top-spot all season. He is one of just three individuals from the six power conferences to average a double-double this season with 11.2 ppg. and 10.0 rpg. After posting just four double-doubles in his first three seasons, the senior recorded nine double-doubles in 29 games this year. With 291 rebounds this season, Solomon ranks 17th in the nation. He posted a career-best 17 rebounds against Oakland earlier this season. Solomon has also recorded 37 blocks this season, including a season-best four in this past Saturday’s victory over Colorado on senior day. The senior completed the regular-season sixth in the Pac-12 in field goal percentage at .547.    

Kravish, who has started the last 85 games for the Bears, completed the regular season second on the team in scoring (11.3 ppg.) and rebounding (7.7 rpg.). With a team-best 60 blocks on the season, the junior finished third in the Pac-12 in the category with an average of 1.9 bpg. He ranks second in school history with 154 career blocks and is currently second on the Cal single-season chart with his 60 blocks this season. The total is three behind his school-record 63 blocks recorded last season. Kravish registered six double-doubles this season, including two in three games in the Maui Invitational back in November against Arkansas and Dayton. He posted a career-high 19 points twice this season against Arkansas and UC Irvine.  

Mathews has appeared in all 28 games, making 12 starts and averaging 8.8 points per game. He scored 32 points in a road game at Oregon, tying for the third-highest mark by a freshman in Pac-12 history. He's also the Bears' second-leading scorer in road games, averaging 12.8 points per game in those contests. 

Cal completed the regular season with a 19-12 overall record and a 10-8 mark in the conference, extending its streak as the only team in the league to place in the top-four in the standing each of the last six years since Mike Montgomery was hired in Berkeley.

Thanks to Cobbs’, Solomon’s, Kravish’s and Mathews' performance in the overtime win against Colorado on Saturday, Cal heads into this week’s Pac-12 Tournament as the No. 4 seed and has a bye into Thursday’s quarterfinal round where it will face either fifth-seeded Colorado again or 12th-seeded USC at 2:30 p.m. (PT) on March 13.  

 


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