Tobin will join another winning program in college as he signed Wednesday to attend Georgia State University, whose basketball program went 17-1 in the Sun Belt Conference last year and has a talented group of players returning.
“I’m just pumped for him. It’s good to see him get rewarded for his hard work,” Tobin’s father and Cartersville head coach Mike Tobin said. “[Georgia State] has a great team returning. They have the kid from Louisville returning [Kevin Ware], another transfer from Indiana. Then the coach’s son was Player of the Year in that league — R.J. Hunter — and he’s a stud. So they have a great team returning. Corey’s going to be practicing against great players.”
“I’m really excited. Coach [Ron Hunter] actually called me when I was at Dellinger Park and he said that they had a walk-on spot. As soon as they said that, I talked to my dad, and it’s just a good deal,” Corey Tobin said. “[Hunter] said that my specialty is shooting. That’s what he wants me to do. He doesn’t expect me to be the best defender or post player. He just wants me to shoot the heck out of the ball.”
Shoot the heck out of the ball is precisely what Tobin did for the past two seasons at Cartersville after spending the first two years at Woodland. Tobin made 285 3-pointers during his career and set a Cartersville school record with 107 made 3s his senior year, while shooting 42 percent from behind the arc. He scored 1,528 career points and is a three-time All-County team selection. This season, he was named to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution all-state team, the HoopSeen.com Class AAA senior of the year, The Daily Tribune News All-County Co-Player of the year, Region 5-AAA Player of the Year and Northwest Georgia Tipoff Club Co-Player of the Year.
Tobin was the leading scorer for Cartersville this season as he averaged 18.4 points, 4.1 rebounds and 3.7 assists per game.
He scored 27 points in the Rome News-Tribune Holiday Festival final against Model en route to being named tournament MVP. In the state quarterfinal game against Buford, Tobin scored 30 points.
“We accomplished everything besides the state championship. I felt like we accomplished everything that we could,” Tobin said of his high school career. “I had the best teammates the last two years, and I couldn’t have been successful at all without them. I really appreciate what they did for me. They kept pushing me and my dad, being the coach, pushed me as much as he possibly could.”
Tobin had a laundry list of schools show interest in him over the last year, but ultimately chose to be a preferred walk-on at Georgia State
“Early on, Navy wanted him real bad. They came about two or three times this summer. He just didn’t seem like he was very interested in that. Wofford expressed interest, Davidson early on,” Mike Tobin said. “There were some DII schools, Faulkner in NAIA, Loyola (New Orleans) was real interested. Southwest Minnesota State flew him up there.
“I’m just pumped that, every day, he’s going to have a chance to get better. He’s got a jersey — he’s going to be No. 20, and they said they won’t treat him any different than any other player so he’s got a great opportunity.”
Georgia State is a Division I program located in Atlanta and came within one game of reaching the NCAA Tournament a season ago. The Panthers went 25-9 overall last year.
“It’s really nice in downtown Atlanta. It’s closer to home and it’s a big DI program, so I’m excited,” Corey Tobin said. “Behind all that, there’s a support system that just seems really good. On the court [our goal is] for sure to get that national championship. I know my role is to just help the team as much as I can, and we plan on getting to the championships this year. We’re excited.”
“It’s awesome. I just look at it as he’s got a great opportunity to get a good education. He’s worked hard in the classroom and hard on the basketball court,” Mike Tobin said. “He had a lot of things to think about. Georgia State was a school that, to me, seemed like they had the most interest. They’re a great program.”
Corey Tobin said he plans to major in early childhood education and will begin travelling with the team on Aug. 7 when Georgia State goes to play games in Costa Rica.
“Corey gets an opportunity to travel because of basketball, gets a good education from basketball. It’s a great opportunity for him,” Mike Tobin said. “[Georgia State] has a million-dollar renovation to their locker room. It was pretty sweet. And what’s nice is the dorms are like two blocks away from the gym and they’ve got academic advisors that travel with them to all the away games, so I know he’s going to get a good education.”