Elihu Cobb was an unknown commodity six months ago.
Today, he's known as perhaps the top low-post player in the Central Coast, making the biggest impact on the defensive end of the floor.
For one reason or another Cobb, just wrapping up his junior year at St. Joseph, had never been able to contribute at the varsity level before this season.
Cobb certainly has all the tools to dominate a game on the defensive end. He's 6-foot-6 and has incredibly long arms. Though he appears to be slight, he has some serious strength, able to keep his position when opponents try to back him down in the post.
Though his physical traits are impressive, they're not what set him apart on the basketball court. His attitude does that.
Cobb is a dog on the court. When he makes a big play on defense, like swatting a weak shot out of bounds, he won't hesitate to intimidate his opponent, either by towering over the shot-taker or pounding his chest.
He did that about 3 times per game this year. Cobb averaged just over three blocks this season for the Knights.
As such, Cobb has been voted the All-Area Defensive Player of the Year.
His intensity on the court belies his demeanor off it. Cobb is well-spoken and insightful. It just so happens that he doesn't like guys making shots on his basket.
"When I go out on the court I'm like a whole different person," Cobb said. "I just feel completely different. Sometimes I don't even know what I'm doing until I watch the replay and I'm like yelling at somebody or talking mess."
Though Cobb is a tremendous defensive player, he's not one-dimensional.
Cobb had 11 double-doubles this year and was third on the team in scoring with 12.2 points per game.
Cobb was hit with five technical fouls this year, but also showed a knack to not pick up unnecessary fouls. He fouled out just once during the regular season.
What's scary is that Cobb is still dealing with a steep learning curve of his first year of varsity basketball.
"I had to get used to so much, but once I started to get a feel for the game I started getting better," Cobb said. "I'm still progressing every day, working hard every day. I'm just trying to perfect my craft."
Cobb feels in just one season playing for the Knights he has transformed into an entirely different player.
"When I first got in I was a little timid, I was a little weak," Cobb said. "But now I'm starting to realize my strengths and what I really can do. I'm also starting to make smarter decisions."
And Cobb feels like he's just getting started. He hopes to one day play Division I basketball, something his teammate JoJo Walker is expected to do next year after he signed with the University of Portland.
"I'm looking to go Division I and play for the rest of my life, overseas or anyway," Cobb said. "I just want to play basketball for the rest of my life."
To do so, Cobb already has a solid plan aimed at improving his all-around game.
"My main thing is footwork," he said. "I don't really have that many post moves but I'm going to work on that all offseason."
Though Cobb's biggest presence this year for the Knights has been defense and rebounding, his offensive game is impressive.
Cobb scored in double-digits 20 times during the regular season and shot 64 percent from the field. Most of his scoring came on dunks or shots right around the basket. He hit on 157-of-264 shots through the season's first 28 games.
His best offensive game came against San Tan Foothills in a tournament. In that game, Cobb hit 12-for-14 shots and scored 26 points.
His top rebounding game, was against Arizona's Buena, also at a tournament, and the game against Righetti on Jan. 13. He grabbed 15 boards in each of those games.
Cobb also had seven games with at least five blocks. He had a season-high seven blocks in the second game of the season, against Serra in the Mission Prep Christmas Classic. Cobb had six blocks four times this season, three of those coming in PAC 8 League games.
Cobb said he's also developed off the court at St. Joseph.
"It's good for me to be around these people, I get distracted easily and they always stay on me," he said. "My coaches and teammates are making sure my grades are OK. They're making sure I'm a better player off the court, not only on the court."