Throughout the last decade, USC Basketball has produced countless professional talents. These players not only get drafted to the NBA but also establish a long career in the pros, representing the USC culture. This has been a common trend that doesn't get noticed very often.
Furthermore, the USC legend, Evan Mobley, has just begun his second season with the Cleveland Cavaliers. Before the NBA draft, Mobley received player comparisons to some of the best players at the professional level. This shows what his potential could look like as he continues to develop.
Mobley is a shot-blocking big man that can score on just about anybody. In addition, the way he handles the basketball is surreal to watch. He was constantly being compared to the NBA superstar, Anthony Davis. While this may be an accurate projection, Mobley could be better than Davis ever was in just a few seasons with the Cavaliers.
His potential and skill-set convinced NBA GMs that he is most likely to have a breakout season this year. This is a decisive step in the right direction. However, Mobley will have more than a breakout season. He will gradually work his way into the conversation of the top 20 players in the NBA.
Based on his performances last season, it is clear why Mobley was voted higher than all of the young stars playing in the NBA. Following a strong off-season by the Cavaliers, USC Basketball fans will likely see the seven-foot alumni get his first minutes in the playoffs this year. He may also find himself in the All-Defensive discussion if he plays the majority of the season.
Evan Mobley will surpass expectations in his second season playing for the Cleveland Cavaliers.
In his time with USC Basketball, Evan Mobley did more than dominate. He averaged 2.9 blocks per game, making him the conference player of the year, as well as the conference defensive player of the year. Mobley was also selected for several other awards and honors throughout his only season playing college basketball.
Moreover, these honors did not stop at USC. After Mobley's first season in the NBA, he was named to the All-Rookie first team. On top of his 15.0 points per game and 8.3 rebounds per game, Mobley averaged 1.7 blocks per game. His production is awe-inspiring and will continue to grow as the years go by.
Watching a USC product excel at the highest level says a ton about the basketball program. In addition, he is not the first alumni to star in the NBA. Players worldwide have spent time at USC, leaving a solid reputation for future recruits. This gives head coach Andy Enfield a prominent group of talents to work with through the years ahead.