USC's Evan Mobley Declares For NBA Draft
USC men's basketball freshman forward Evan Mobley will enter the 2021 NBA Draft, he announced Friday through social media.
"I'm headed to the league," Mobley wrote in his post promoting an NFT rookie card. "This has always been my dream and, through this NFT, I'm making my announcement that I'll officially be turning pro."
"I can't thank my fans enough," Mobley added. "Your support has meant so much to me."
Mobley is projected by many analysts as a top-three pick in the 2021 NBA Draft, which would make him the Trojans' highest-ever draft selection.
In his only season at USC, Mobley averaged 16.4 points, 8.7 rebounds and 2.9 blocks per game. Mobley became the first player in Pac-12 history to be named Player of the Year, Freshman of the Year and Defensive Player of the Year in the same season and only the second player ever from a major conference to achieve that feat, joining Anthony Davis of Kentucky (2012). He received first-team All-American honors from National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC), and was also named AP and U.S. Basketball Writers Association All-America second teams.