Texas A&M shooting guard Kobie Eubanks, who has remained out with a stress fracture, has been cleared to do “some things,” according to Jon Rothstein of FanRag Sports. The news comes exactly two weeks after Rothstein reported that Eubanks was two weeks away from returning to practice.
Eubanks played only 36 minutes for the Aggies during the entirety of the 2015-2016 season due in part to him not being cleared to play until the second semester began. He failed to receive a qualifying test score prior the first semester, so, after he achieved a qualifying score in September, he had to sit out until the second semester.
The 6-5, 218-pound wing is considered as a potential starter for the Aggies in the upcoming season, but it is unclear as to how his current injury will impact those chances. He was a top 100 recruit coming out of high school, but the buzz around him has quieted some after an underwhelming freshman campaign.
Thanks to Texas A&M head coach Billy Kennedy’s proclivity for bringing in top recruits, Eubanks’ pedigree as a top 100 player in his high school class does not vault him to the top of the team’s depth chart. The team returns much of its 2015-2016 core and has added two more four-star recruits to the roster. Eubanks, then, may well simply serve as depth on a team that is coming off a 28-win campaign in 2015-2016 that led them to a No. 3 seed in the NCAA Tournament and a trip to the Sweet 16.
It was the school’s first NCAA Tournament appearance under Kennedy, who enters his sixth season as the team’s leader.