Cole Hobbs | 6’7” | 185 | Greater Atlanta Christian School | Atlanta GAFollow @KSUOwlHowl
Cole Hobbs is a 6’7″ 185 pound small forward who is starting his first year at Kennesaw State. He originally signed with Rice but decommitted. He also had interest from Central Florida, Georgia Tech, Northwestern, Oregon St. and Atlantic Sun conference rival Mercer.
Owls Head Coach Lewis Preston on Hobbs: “Cole Hobbs reminds me of what we had in Lee Humphrey on those championship teams at Florida in that he can flat shoot and put the ball in the basket. Many people look at him as a one-dimensional player, but I look at him as not only being able to knock down shot but he also has a knack for getting to the ball and rebounding the ball, and will help us on defense as well. He does a great job fitting into the team concept as such an unselfish player, and he will only continue to flourish and improve here at Kennesaw State.”
GACS Head Coach Eddie Martin on Hobbs: “I definitely think Cole’s best basketball is ahead of him, he is no doubt an excellent perimeter shooter who has worked extremely hard at getting better at other phases of the game such as rebounding, putting the ball on the floor and defending, and as he continues to gain confidence of those areas he will really be a great contributor at the collegiate level.”
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Hobbs averaged around 11 points per game as a senior, but the statistics don’t matter in this case. Hobbs played for the Greater Atlanta Christian School which was loaded with Division I talent such as Delano Spencer, Collin Swinton and Isaiah Wilkins, the son of NBA legend Dominique Wilkins.
He holds the GACS record for three point field goals made in one season with 79, which he set during his senior season. He also holds his school’s record for free throw percentage in a season (92%) and for a career (87%).
It is currently unknown how much playing time Hobbs will get this year. A lot depends on how well he is shooting the ball and if he can hold his own on the defensive end.
Hobbs is a pure shooter, and shot 47% from behind the arc during his senior year. He needs his shot to go down to be effective and stay on the court. He has a quick release and can be deadly from three. His effectiveness will be entirely based on his ability to nail the open three pointer, which should open things up for the guards and help keep double teams away from Markeith Cummings.
We haven’t seen enough of Hobbs to know if he can execute shot fakes and step in and nail the 18 footer, or drive to the basket vs. bigger defenders.
He needs to add weight to his frame over the next year so he can further take further advantage of his length.
Hobbs has a low ceiling as a player, but he is the kind of guy every successful team needs. He plays hard, comes from a winning program and will undoubtedly be an upgrade to Mirza Sabic as a shooter off of the bench. The biggest keys for him are confidence and adjusting to the speed of the college game.Follow @KSUOwlHowl