It’s no wonder JerShon Cobb struggled in last season’s final month. Northwestern's freshman swingman was playing with a torn labrum in his left hip that required surgery in April.
“I couldn’t play like I wanted to,” Cobb told the Tribune. “I could run straight, but cutting and moving laterally was hard. It was an easy decision to get it fixed.”
Cobb is in his 10th week of rehab, shooting free throws while beginning to ride a stationary bike and exercise in a swimming pool. He expects to get the all-clear in August.
The 6-foot-5 Cobb has bulked up to 203 pounds after arriving on campus last year at 178. After showing excellent court sense and finishing fifth among Big Ten freshman at 8.8 points per game in league play, he will compete to replace point guard Juice Thompson, who graduated last month.
Also vying for major minutes at the point: incoming freshmen David Sobolewski and Tre Demps and 3-point specialist Alex Marcotullio.
“I’m not sure how Coach (Bill Carmody) will want to do it,” Cobb said. “I can see myself playing point, but whatever he wants, I’ll do it. It will take a group effort anyway to do what Juice did.”
NU's Cobb rehabbing from hip surgery
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