Miller Cobb – The Daily Hoosier

With the modifications to Indiana’s low season roster, we’re bringing again our annual custom of taking a detailed take a look at the gamers anticipated to return to this system.

Subsequent up is junior striker Miller Cobb, who’s coaching for his fifth yr in school basketball and second with IU.

Numbers 2021-22

After shifting to IU from Northwestern, Kopp was certainly one of three gamers to begin all 35 video games. He averaged 6.0 factors and fired 36.1 p.c from the 3-point vary and 86.5 p.c from the free throw line.

The 6-foot-7 Kopp added 2.5 rebounds, 1.1 assists, and 0.9 turns in 25.1 minutes per competitors.

What is nice?

When he obtained a very good go, Cobb was for essentially the most half an efficient three-point shooter for Indiana State. Whereas he was inconsistent, Kopp ended up with the third-best long-range proportion on the staff, and the second-best common of his four-year profession.

Throughout a significant six-game stint late within the season, the CUBE made 12 of 29 (41.3 p.c) three-pointers from a street recreation in Minnesota through the Massive Ten semifinals towards Iowa.

Cobb performed a large recreation in Syracuse with 28 factors from 9 of 16, and added double-digit video games towards St. John’s, in Minnesota and at Purdue.

On the defensive finish, Cobb did not magically get higher sideways, however he was a participant the IU crew discovered to belief to be in the correct place, use correct positioning and method, and was efficient at chasing bowlers by way of the screens.

Off the sphere, the Houston, Texas producer rapidly grew to become somebody beloved by each gamers and coaches after shifting from Northwestern.

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exterior growth wants

1. restoration Mike Woodson informed Cobb when he arrived that he wanted to develop into a greater participant, and that did not occur. Regardless of being 6-foot-7, Kopp has decrease defensive rebound charges than Rob Phinisee and Xavier Johnson, and a worse offensive rebound charge than these two plus Tamar Bates.

Kopp’s offensive rebound charge fell to 1.6 p.c final yr. This can be partly because of IU’s assertion that he will likely be returning to protection. However his defensive rebound charge of 9.8 was in keeping with his earlier two seasons and properly off his common of 12.1 as a freshman. It might be a case of “that is it” with Kopp at this level, however IU wants extra manufacturing on glass than the three level.

2. North 40? – Let’s face it, Cobb has loads of gifted gamers making an attempt to push him out of the beginning line-up within the prime three, together with Bates, Trey Galloway, Jordan Geronimo, Anthony Leal, Caleb Banks and CJ Jean. The one apparent approach to cease all of them is to develop into an elite 3-point shooter in his fifth yr in school basketball. Cobb’s profession charge of 36 p.c is nice, however greater than 100 gamers shot higher than 40 p.c final yr in not less than two makes an attempt per recreation.

If Kopp might recover from 40 in about 5 makes an attempt per recreation, it might be practically inconceivable to push him off the bottom. He is already had 39.6 p.c of the season in 5.3 makes an attempt at Northwestern as a sophomore, in order that’s not an prolonged objective. That late-season run we talked about above was largely a byproduct of the emergence of Xavier Johnson and Trayce Jackson-Davis Elite Choose-and-Roll. Consideration to this pair created house for Kopp to shoot, and he responded. Now the query is, can he maintain it by way of a whole season?

3. Intra-arc effectivity -After attaining a greater than 41 p.c from two of his first three seasons, Cobb solely made 34.9 p.c (30 of 86) from a two-point vary in his first season with IU. Little question his incapability to show from two hampered a cup of three as properly, because the defenses discovered to carry on to him on the perimeter and reap the benefits of their probabilities towards dribbling makes an attempt.

Cobb was greater than 10 proportion factors (45.2 p.c) greater than two when he was a rookie at Northwestern, and the forgotten a part of that blast towards Syracuse is that Cobb made 5 out of seven out of two. He in all probability will not develop into a prime finish participant at edge versus size, however his mid-range performs have been significantly better prior to now, and he’ll must rediscover them subsequent season. Changing into an even bigger menace contained in the arc might additionally imply extra journeys to the free-throw line, as Cobb notched 86.5 p.c however took simply 37 photographs all season, or about one per recreation.

What does success seem like in 2022-23

We have set that – he ought to develop into the Indiana three-point thrower cup subsequent yr to tackle Johnson and Jackson Davis. Should you go away it unlocked, you pay. And in case you exaggerate his 3-point shot, Kopp makes you pay from the midrange.

Defensive duties is probably not tough with folks like Johnny Davis, Keegan Murray and Ron Harper Jr. of the Massive Ten. However Indiana might have the depth this yr to search out matches that match Cope’s strengths at that end.

If Cobb can elevate his numbers to eight factors, three rebounds and higher than the 40 p.c of two and three factors, we would name his fifth yr in school basketball a hit.

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