The Trojans just landed another big-time basketball player.
Evan Mobley, who is the top-ranked prospect by multiple recruiting outlets in the 2020 college basketball class, announced his commitment to USC on Monday. Mobley’s father, Eric, is an assistant coach under Andy Enfield at USC.
“I want to get it out of the way before I start my senior year,” Mobley told ESPN. “And I know exactly where I want to go. As a freshman and sophomore, I wasn’t sure exactly where I was going to go. I was looking for the best fit. But after my junior season, I know that being at USC
is the right fit for me.”
Mobley is the first player to commit to Enfield in the 2020 class. He’s the third five-star prospect in USC’s past two recruiting classes.
One of those five-stars is Mobley’s older brother, Isaiah, who will be a freshman for the Trojans this season. Isaiah joins Onyeka Okongwu to round out the trio of five-stars landed by Enfield.
“It will be great to play with him (Isaiah); we have really good chemistry together,” Evan Mobley said. “If he has a chance to go to the NBA, that would be great too. He has been a big influence on me both on and off the court. Being older, he has always helped me in the classroom and on the court.”
Mobley currently plays at Rancho Christian High School in California. He averaged just over 19 points per game and 10.4 rebounds per game last season, which earned him California’s Gatorade Player of the Year award.
He won a gold medal with USA Basketball at the 2018 FIBA U17 World Cup and the U19 World Cup in Greece earlier this summer. Now, Mobley will finish his high school career before presumably joining his dad and brother at USC.
“It will be very exciting,” Mobley said. “It would be like playing in my backyard again and on the playground. We played together and against each other and my dad would be there coaching us. My dad has been my coach all the way up until high school. I can’t wait.”
USC has 100/1 odds to win the 2020 NCAA Tournament.