Evan Mobley Makes It Official

After helping his team get to the Elite Eight, USC forward Evan Mobley declares for the NBA draft. (Rick Scuteri / AP)

Evan Mobley declared for the NBA draft on Friday, closing the final chapter of a single storybook season in which the 7-footer helped propel a program revival, swept the Pac-12 awards, and led USC to the Elite Eight.

Now, after an already historic run, he’ll look to become the highest-picked Trojan in the history of the NBA draft.

Mobley’s decision to declare had been expected ever since he committed to USC in August 2019 as the highest-rated recruit in the program’s history. But how he announced on Friday was unique. The top prospect will auction off his draft declaration as a one-of-a-kind nonfungible token (NFT) titled “League Bound.”

“I’ve dreamed about turning pro since I was a kid,” Mobley wrote. “Come along for the journey.”

His sole season at USC was certainly one of a kind for the Trojans. Due to the pandemic, Mobley never played in front of fans at Galen Center. Still, the 7-footer presided over a program resurgence, living up to the sky-high expectations that followed him from Rancho Christian School to USC.

Mobley led the Pac-12 in rebounds (averaging 8.7 per game) and blocks (2.9), while also averaging 16.4 points and 2.4 assists. He was named Pac-12 player of the year, defensive player of the year and freshman of the year. He became a unanimous All-American. And soon, he’ll likely be a top-three pick in the NBA draft.

The only Trojan to ever be selected that high was O.J. Mayo, who was drafted third overall by the Memphis Grizzlies in 2008. After an extraordinary season, Mobley may be picked higher.

latimes.com

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RialtoTrojan
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RialtoTrojan (@rialtotrojan)
April 18, 2021 5:28 pm

Just read that Chris Brown died. Kinda sad to see a 24 year old kid for so early.

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April 18, 2021 5:31 pm
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I have long believed the Clay doesn’t see a need for well trained linemen. It’s one glowing area that never gets addressed. I was hoping that a new coach would change the look of the OLine, but the quarterbacks couldn’t pass gas with that line.

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TrojanRJJ (@trojanrjj)
April 19, 2021 7:13 am
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I like your line that Clay could have the #1 recruiting class in the nation for 4 straight years and SC would still not make the playoffs. I think GH could have four first round picks on the OL (right now, my guess is he has zero) and still not be able to run the ball.

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ATL D.D.S. (@atl-d-d-s)
April 19, 2021 5:03 am
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As reliable as the sun rising in the east, Uncle Clay will under-impress with his bull schitt.

ATL D.D.S.
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ATL D.D.S. (@atl-d-d-s)
April 19, 2021 5:01 am
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That is no bueno.

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TrojanRJJ (@trojanrjj)
April 19, 2021 7:10 am
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Allen, Based on what I am reading, I am staying with my 6-6 pick for next year. The OL is a mess, Clay is still incompetent, and GH is still learning. I think SC goes 6-6 and Clay is returned for one more year. My largest concern for 2021 is Kedon does not get hurt. Then in 2022, Clay will be removed for Donte Williams. Granted a lot has to happen for that prediction to be become true, but I just do not see anything near quality football with Clay as the HC. Our defense will be good but not… Read more »

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April 20, 2021 5:54 am
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I think Slovis was playing his first year as if he was still under the penumbra of his former pro QB high school coach (boy, am I getting bad remembering names!). That positive vibe is fading and the polluted penumbra of the Helton/Harrell is starting to “F” with his football mind. The last two seasons have resulted in injuries to Kedon, also, which doesn’t help. Too much time around Helton would ruin Tom Brady IMO.

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Chris (@chris)
April 17, 2021 2:32 pm

Jaxon Dart looks much better than Miller Moss, right now anyway.

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April 18, 2021 6:10 am
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I agree with the assessment of Dart. He looked confident and had some good pace to his passes where as Moss looked a bit overwhelmed and timid to me. I liked the throw Mo Hassan made for the TD before he got hurt. The question for me in the upcoming season will be if Slovis lays an egg in the first half or so of a game, will Harrell/Helton be willing to change to one of the backups to get the team going. We shall see.

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April 18, 2021 7:05 am
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Rlee, I wish it would be true, but I just can’t see Helton allowing someone he designated as QB to be unseated and replaced. Has never happened yet, at least not during a game, unless there was a serious injury to the starter. Again, I give you Toa!!

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April 18, 2021 8:13 am
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As harsh as your opinion is, I agree 100%. 😟

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April 21, 2021 5:18 am
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I agree with you Steveg and Allen & Terrific Tommy. I was a QB in High School and was pulled if I wasn’t performing. I had a big arm but no wheels….LOL. There was no doubt that I was going to attend college at USC, but Pat Haden was the incumbent QB so I decided to take the academic route and that proved to be a smart move. I would have also had to compete with my classmates, Vince Evans and Rob Hertl who redshirted our Freshman year, so he became the starting QB after Vince graduated in 1977. I… Read more »

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April 19, 2021 5:04 am
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Not surprising. Will their Dad stay on Enfield’s staff?

Chris
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Chris (@chris)
April 17, 2021 1:02 pm

Anyone else watching the game?

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April 17, 2021 2:25 pm
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Kinda slow for the offense, but good to see them play real game. I think the running backs have played well.

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April 17, 2021 10:06 am
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Apparently the women’s soccer team was only allowed 4 fans per player for the game yesterday against UCLA while the football scrimmage/practice is allowed 5,000 fans. The baseball team has voiced solidarity with the women for equity. I get football is the revenue generator but really? You couldn’t open up the Coli for more fans for the 2 best women’s soccer teams in the conference? AD Bohn, you look like a cheap sexist bastard.

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April 17, 2021 10:07 am
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I will watch the scrimmage but did not watch the soccer match.

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April 24, 2021 5:05 pm
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April 16, 2021 8:09 pm

Got to love it when an SC basketball news-report is posted, and the reaction that emerges is something short of panic-in-the-street. Crickets are “heard” every which way. SC basketball– never heard of it. And now that Spring Football is ending, the scourge of the ‘dreads of sports reporting’ is now beginning in April, not to end 4-months hence with the beginning of football practices, and 5-months later with the beginning of the 2021 Football Season See you all in September with the beginning of, hopefully, a more normal football season. And don’t be a fool– get your vaccine shots now!… Read more »

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April 17, 2021 10:01 am
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Well, if Evan had to go hope it is the top pick. Actually, he is the safest bet in the draft.
A seven footer with some PG skills. Mobley follows the new prototype for PF/C position.
Plays like a true defensive center yet can go out and hit the mid range shot. And his passing skills are good. Problem is he will be with a lousy team but hope a mid range team gets top pick in lottery.

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April 19, 2021 5:52 am
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I always listen to a lawyer for my medical advice LJ. Just sayin’….