Isaiah Mobley and Drew Peterson have represented USC basketball perfectly, officially winning First-Team All-Pac 12 honors for their career seasons in 2021-2022. As for Peterson, he had career-highs in points per game (12.5), field goal percentage (46.4%), and three-point percentage (41.5%). It was also impressive that he averaged 6.4 rebounds per game as a guard.
As for Mobley, he posted career-highs in points per game (14.6 points per game), rebounds per game (8.5), assists per game (3.1), and free-throw percentage (70.3%). The 6'10" forward has been the best player on a surprise team in SC who has more wins than all but four Power 5 teams in the entire country.
Two other teams (UCLA and Arizona) had more All-Pac 12 First-Team selections than SC, but nobody else had two or more other than those three schools. Boogie Ellis was named as an All-Pac 12 Honorable Mention as well. The guard posted career-highs in points per game (12.2), assists per game (2.6), field goal percentage (41%), and free throw percentage (79.3%).
Drew Peterson and Isaiah Mobley are the two USC Trojans most responsible for keeping USC basketball afloat.
When Evan Mobley left for the NBA, USC basketball was expected to take a strong dip. And, despite many seeming to claim that USC isn't what their record indicates, they are ranked higher than they were coming into March Madness last year (No. 21). Again, that's even with that ranking not having a ton of credibility, considering SC is 25-6 on the year.
Drew Peterson and Evan's brother Isaiah Mobley are the No. 1 and No. 2 reasons SC has been able to have a good team despite losing the No. 3 overall draft pick. It's important that they were recognized, and it's time to give Andy Enfield his flowers for steering SC basketball in the right direction these last few years, even without his prized recruit and NBA talent in Evan Mobley.