Texas A&M shooting guard Kobie Eubanks has been fully cleared to resume all basketball-related activities, head coach Billy Kennedy said on Monday morning. He has been out with a stress fracture and was partially cleared to return two weeks ago.
The sophomore guard didn’t debut for the Aggies until the second semester of last season since he did not achieve a qualifying test score in time for first semester eligibility. He saw very limited action for Texas A&M last season, totaling only 36 minutes on the entire season. Despite his minor role as a freshman, Eubanks is considered a possible starter for the team this season, though it is unclear how the time he lost due to injury will impact those chances. He was a top 100 recruit coming out of high school, but some of that hype has worn off after a nearly lost freshman campaign.
For most teams Eubanks would be a clear frontrunner for a starting job. Texas A&M, however, is returning much of the core of the team that won 28 games and advanced to the Sweet 16 in last year’s NCAA Tournament. They have also added two four-star recruits who could well compete for a starting role on the team next season.
Texas A&M’s run to the NCAA Tournament was the school’s first appearance under Kennedy in his fifth season as the team’s coach. In recent years, he has displayed a proclivity for landing top recruits, which has gradually built the program into one that looks set up to be a perennial selection for the NCAA Tournament.