Eric Cobb is officially a UConn Husky as the men’s basketball team received his National Letter of Intent, per a release from the school.
The junior college transfer comes to Storrs from Chipola College in Florida, the same school as former guard Sam Cassell Jr. Standing 6-foot-9, 285 pounds, Cobb will have two years of eligibility remaining.
With the departure of Steven Enoch and Juwan Durham this offseason, Cobb (6-foot-9, 285 pounds) adds some much-needed depth up front for the Huskies.
“Eric brings us some size in the frontcourt and he can be a great rebounder because he has that size,” said head coach Kevin Ollie in the release. “It puts value on posting up and creating space inside and we need a guy like that.”
Cobb also comes with Division I experience, the sole player in the front court right now who can make that claim. Mamadou Diarra will enter his second season at UConn, but redshirted his first due to knee issues. Meanwhile, Josh Carlton comes in as a freshman.
The newest member of the Huskies began his career at South Carolina, where he played one season but was dismissed after an arrest for vandalism and assault. He transferred to Chipola, where he was named to the Second Team All-Conference.
The coaching staff has been trying to improve the front court given this offseason’s rash of transfers, and Cobb will help. Former Washington commit Mamoudou Diarra made his official visit to UConn this past weekend while St. John’s graduate transfer Damien Williams visited campus yesterday.
Cobb certainly won’t make-or-break the 2017-2018 squad, but he can certainly be part of the solution. He’s currently slotted as a starter but things can change between now and November. At the very least, Cobb should provide a rebounding presence down low with offensive upside alongside UConn’s talented guards.