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Evan Mobley wins Pac-12 Player of the Year, USC takes home numerous honors

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Mobley swept the Pac-12’s postseason honors.

NCAA Basketball: Southern California at Utah Jeffrey Swinger-USA TODAY Sports

On Tuesday, the Pac-12 Conference handed out their annual postseason awards for Men’s Basketball and the Trojans walked away with as many honors as they could carry.

USC freshman forward Evan Mobley walked away with a trio of awards, including Pac-12 Player of the Year, Freshman of the Year, and Defensive Player of the Year. He became the first Trojan player in program history to win all three in a single year. On top of that, Mobley joined Anthony Davis (Kentucky, 2011-12) as the only other player from a major conference to achieve this feat.

Mobley was joined by teammate Tahj Eddy as all conference members, with the former earning a first-team nod and the latter earning a second-team nod. On the year, Mobley averaged 16.1 points, 8.6 rebounds, 2.1 assists, and 2.8 blocks per game. During his first season at USC, the 7-footer set a record with seven Conference Freshman of the Week honors and led all Pac-12 players with 231 rebounds, 10 double-doubles, and 77 blocks. Those 77 blocks also set the USC freshman single-season record.

Additionally, head coach Andy Enfield was named the Pac-12 Coach of the Year after guiding the Trojans to a 21-6 regular season, earning a second place finish in the conference. The team’s 21 wins puts them near the top of the country in total victories as only six other programs finished with more in 2021. Overall, Enfield is a combined 153-108 in his eight seasons as the head coach of the Trojans.