The 2020-21 USC Trojans men’s basketball season should bring with it multiple headlines as the program figures out how to replace Onyeka Okongwu as well as just how good they can be ahead of the altered season thanks to coronavirus.
One of the biggest components not only in just replacing Okongwu but in how well the Trojans will fare this season is absolutely Evan Mobley, the No. 1 overall player from this past year’s recruiting circuit.
The sky is certainly the limit for the Morgan Wooten Player of the Year from last season, and Jon Rothstein of College Hoops Today seems to agree.
Even without playing a single minute on the hard court for USC, Rothstein has seen enough from him to select him as a Third-Team All-American ahead of the season.
How will the Trojans replace Onyeka Okongwu? This guy. The 7-foot Mobley has a different type of game than his predecessor in the pivot, but will still make a massive impact. Mobley was widely considered as the top front court prospect in the 2020 class by most recruiting services.
A consensus five-star recruit, Mobley averaged 18.6 points, 10.9 rebounds and 2.7 blocks per game during his final season at Rancho Christian High School. He was California’s Gatorade Player of the year and a Naismith First-Team All-American.
He’s joining his brother Isaiah Mobley, as well as his father, assistant coach Eric Mobley for at least the 2020-21 season.
His accolades now read:
Preseason College Hoops Today Third-Team All-American
Morgan Wootten National Player of the Year Winner
Jersey Mike’s Naismith High School Trophy Boys Player of the Year Finalist
McDonald’s High School Boys’ All-American
Naismith National High School Boys’ First-Team All-American
MaxPreps.com High School Boys Basketball All-American Fifth Team
2x Gatorade State Player of the Year (California)
MaxPreps.com California All-State Boys Basketball First Team
All-CIF Southern Section First Team
Los Angeles Times All-Star Boys’ Basketball Team
Congratulations, Evan and the whole Mobley family!