This pairing has the makings of a sitcom, or possibly a buddy movie.
California seniors Justin Cobbs and Richard Solomon have been together since their salad days at Torrance Bishop Montgomery High.
"It's been kind of like a big brother, little brother relationship," said Bishop Montgomery Coach Doug Mitchell. "They are totally different people."
Cobbs, one of the best point guards in the Pac-12 Conference, has that life-is-serious view.
Solomon, a handful of a 6-foot-10 power forward, does not.
"I thought Richard was just goofy when I met him," Mitchell said. "When he'd get mad on the court, he'd put his hands on his head like he was trying to rip out his hair."
Solomon laughed when asked about time spent with Cobbs off the court.
"We were at the apartment last year and he put down a glass of water and I told him to move it," Solomon said. "He said, 'I'm not going to knock over the water.' Ten seconds later, he knocked over the water. Justin is clumsy."
The two traveled different paths to bring their polar-opposite personalities to Berkeley. Cobbs played a season at Minnesota. Solomon, who is a year younger, came from Los Angeles Price, where he spent his senior year.
"Everyone tells you it goes fast," Cobbs said. "Well, it goes fast. It makes me think about my freshman year and how much I've grown."
The chance to play in the NBA awaits them. Before that, there is work to be done … together.
The serious man
Cobbs figured out quickly that Minnesota was the wrong choice. One season was enough. The problem? Minnesota was hardly the Go-Go Gophers.
"The whole style was different," Cobbs said. "The pace of games was slower. It was a defensive conference."
Cobbs had played fast at Bishop Montgomery, where he was the state's Division IV most valuable player as a senior in 2009. He and Solomon helped the Knights reach the state championship game.
California Coach Mike Montgomery offered a basketball life in the fast lane. In Berkeley, Cobbs found another Southern California transplant, Allen Crabbe, who played at Price High.
The two were arguably the best backcourt in the Pac-12 last season. Crabbe declared for the NBA draft after his junior season and is with the Portland Trail Blazers.
Cobbs returned and is averaging 15.3 points and 6.3 assists this season.
"If you tell Justin not to shoot because it is the best way for you to win, he won't shoot," Mitchell said. "If you tell him to take 30 shots, he'd do it. But his first instinct is always to set someone else up."