Evan Mobley Named To the Wooden Award Preseason Top 50 Watch List
USC men's basketball freshman forward Evan Mobley has been named to the Wooden Award Preseason Top 50 Watch List as chosen by a poll of national college basketball experts, it was announced today (Dec. 1). The list is comprised of 50 student-athletes who are the early front-runners for the most prestigious honors in college basketball, the Wooden Award All American Team™ and Most Outstanding Player Award. Mobley is one of seven freshman to make the watch list.
The 7-0 Mobley adds to his preseason honors which also include begin named to the 2021 NABC Player of the Year Watch List, the 2021 Naismith Trophy Watch List, the 2021 Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Center of the Year Award Watch List and being named to the 2020-21 Pac-12 Men's Basketball Preseason Media All-Conference First Team.
Mobley was the 2020 Morgan Wooten High School Player of the Year, a McDonald's All-American and a two-time California Gatorade Player of the Year. He signed with USC as the nation's No. 1-ranked recruit, the first time that USC men's basketball landed the top-ranked signee.
Mobley averaged 20.5 points, 12.2 rebounds, 5.2 blocks and 4.6 assists last season as a senior at Rancho Christian School in Temecula, Calif.
He joins his brother, Isaiah, a sophomore on the Trojans. His father, Eric, is an assistant coach at USC.
In the first three games of his collegiate career, Mobley is averaging a team-leading 16.3 points, 9.0 rebounds and 2.0 blocks per game.