published Sunday, October 21st, 2012

UTC freshman Farad Cobb makes it a point to take notes

Farad Cobb has notebooks for each of his classes at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga.

He also has a notebook just for basketball.

The Mocs' freshman point guard opens the notebook after every practice and summarizes the lessons of the day. He also draws plays on the left side of the pad while describing what each player is supposed to do on the right side of the page.

Coach John Shulman never has had a point guard be that meticulous.

"I definitely do that every practice because I need to pick it up," said Cobb, who will be the starting point guard with senior incumbent Dontay Hampton recovering from a knee injury. "I don't want to just know it, I want to break it down to where I'm effective, get my teammates involved and make everything easier."

The notebook is getting filled quickly. After all, he's coached by Shulman or an assistant after almost every play in practice. Rarely a moment passes where he's just watching.

"Every single play I can tell him something he did right or something he did wrong," said first-year assistant Casey Long, who started at point guard for three seasons under Shulman. "He's smart and always asking questions. He's trying to think two or three moves ahead."

Cobb has demonstrated the physical skills to play point guard in the Southern Conference. Although he is a completely different style of point guard than the graduated Keegan Bell, Cobb is quicker, more athletic and a better shooter than Bell.

But he's much less experienced. Long joked that Cobb is still learning to play with a shot clock. Shulman said Cobb has made gradual improvement from each practice to the next.

"He's getting more comfortable every single day, but we haven't been very complex," Shulman said. "He's been receptive to learning. He's going to make mistakes, and he's going to make good plays."

It's on-the-job learning for Cobb. He'll get game-like experience next weekend when the Mocs hold a closed scrimmage against Belmont and the following weekend when they go to Tennessee Tech.

"It's like riding a bike," Long said. "We're going to have the training wheels on for a while. Then come January or so, we'll take the training wheels off."

about David Uchiyama...

David Uchiyama is a sports writer at the Chattanooga Times Free Press who began his tenure here in May 2001. His primary beats are UTC athletics — specifically men’s basketball and athletic department administration — and golf, which includes coverage from the PGA Tour to youth events. He also covers other high school sports, outdoor adventures, and contributes to other sections of the newspaper when necessary. David grew up in Salinas, Calif., and began working ...

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