A former St. Frances player is getting a second chance at high-major basketball.
Eric Cobb, a 6-foot-9, 295-pound forward, who played this past season at Chipola College in Florida, has committed to Connecticut, a source confirmed to The Hartford Courant on Tuesday night. He will have two years of eligibility.
Cobb, from Jacksonville, Fla., played sparingly at South Carolina as a freshman. He was arrested, along with a teammate, on March 17, 2016, on charges stemming from a string of vandalism incidents involving a BB gun. He applied for the pretrial intervention program. Cobb was later charged in Lexington County with possession of marijuana and, according to The State newspaper of Columbia, S.C., paid a fine of $620.
Cobb and South Carolina parted ways after the season and he went to Chipola, the same junior college former St. Frances star and UConn guard Sam Cassell Jr. attended. Cobb averaged 10.9 points and 8.2 rebounds there. He will be eligible to play for the Huskies next season after making his commitment on an official visit to UConn Tuesday.
With Amida Brimah and Kentan Facey graduating, UConn needs big men. Cobb brings some experience and a thick build, something the Huskies have long lacked. They have a 6-9 forward, Josh Carlton, among their incoming freshmen, along with small forward Tyler Polley and guard Makai Ashton-Langford.
"He's a true post kid," St. Frances coach Nick Myles told The Baltimore Sun in 2015. "He wants to be a true post – that's his advantage over a lot of other kids. He's not trying to be a hybrid. He wants to be a bruiser."
The website jucorecruiting.com first reported Cobb's decision.
He scored 27 points in 24 games at South Carolina.