Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Ranch's Cobb tears ACL, but hopes to return before hoops season ends

Tough news for Brian Cobb and the Lakewood Ranch High boys basketball team.

Figured to be one of the top players in Southwest Florida heading into his senior year, the 6-6, 210 pound forward received a bad break this summer when he tore his anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) in his left knee.

Cobb had surgery two weeks ago and hopes to be back for the last five or six games of the regular season, thought there are no guarantees.

Cobb was a first team Bradenton Herald All-Area selection. He topped the Mustangs in numerous categories including scoring (15.6 ppg), rebounding (9.8 rpg), and blocked shots (3.5 bpg) and averaged 2.1 steals.

He is getting most of his interest from Lynn University and Jacksonville University. Cobb said the coaches at both those schools told him to get healthy and don't worry about anything else.

"I am going to visit Lynn as soon as I am able to get up and walk around again," Cobb said. "The doctors told me it would be about six to eight months till I can play again. I am hoping to be able to play before the regular season ends."