OSU men's basketball: Cowboys have versatile big man in Michael Cobbins

If there's reason for caution with these Cowboys, critics consistently focus on one area of uncertainty: the lack of a post presence when OSU runs up against teams with bigger teams. Cobbins, of course, finds that offensive.
by John Helsley Published: November 14, 2013

Cobbins, however, is fully healthy now. And with 7-footer Philip Jurick gone, his role has expanded, much like his own expectations.

“I have to step up,” Cobbins said. “I've got a bigger job this year. Basically, I've got to be a big bruiser on this team and man up down there. Defend the basket like I know how.

“I have to go into every game with the mindset that I may not get the respect, because I may not be as big as some other bigs, but I've got to go out there and show them that I'm no different than them and I can do the same things that they can do.”

Cobbins won't have to go it alone. Kamari Murphy, another 6-8 forward, played significant minutes as a freshman a year ago and is adopting the same get-tough attitude when it comes to patrolling the paint from space-eating invaders.

“We have all the scorers we need out on the wing,” Murphy said. “Markel Brown, Marcus (Smart), Le'Bryan (Nash), Brian Williams … we have all the scorers we need already. Me and Mike's job is really to protect the rim, get rebounds and finish when we're at the goal.

“We're not coming out looking for 20 or 30 points. I'll be happy with a double-double, 10 points, 10 rebounds, I'll be fine with that.”

by John Helsley
OSU Reporter Sr.
John Helsley grew up in Del City, reading all the newspapers and sports magazines he could get his hands on. And Saturday afternoons, when the Major League Game of the Week was on, he'd keep a scorecard for the game. So the sports appeal was was...
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