KANSAS CITY, Mo. – California senior guard Justin Cobbs was named a National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) First Team All-District 20 selection, the group announced on Wednesday.
Cobbs is part of the five-member first team along with Arizona’s Nick Johnson, UCLA’s Kyle Anderson and Jordan Adams, and Washington’s C.J. Wilcox. In all, 252 student-athletes from 25 districts around the nation were recognized. Cobbs is now eligible for selection to the NABC Division I All-America team, which will be announced at a later date.
The Golden Bear senior, who was also named a First Team All-Pac-12 selection, is the conference’s active career assist leader with 706 in 98 career games. He completed the regular season ranked second in the Pac-12 and 23rd nationally with a 5.8 apg. average. The guard 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.
Last season, Allen Crabbe was an NABC First Team All-District 20 selection and a Third Team All-American.
Cal heads into Thursday’s Pac-12 Tournament as the No. 4 seed where it will face fifth-seeded Colorado again at 2:30 p.m. (PT) on March 13.For a full list of the NABC All-District teams, click here.