LOS ANGELES – That was a week before the 2021 NBA Draft, and Isaiah Mobley, a sophomore at the then University of Southern California, was taking a second look.
After a fantastic season with the USC, after helping him out in the Elite Eight of the NCAA Tournament, he entered the draft with his brother Avon, who also had a great year with the Trojans.
Avon left the USC just a year later. He was drafted third overall by the Cleveland Cavaliers and has one of the best rookie seasons in recent memory. But after being upset by this decision, Isaiah, the big, cool head, decided to return to Los Angeles for another year to play college ball.
“My decision came on the very last day. My pre-drafting process was very good. I did some good workouts with some teams and performed well. And I was just like going in one day and the next day. “I don’t know yet,” he told CBS Morning after Thursday’s practice at the USC’s Gallen Center. “But they let me grow and get much better. And so at the end of the day, I felt like I had made the right decision.”
It was a remarkable decision for a young athlete, barely in the 20’s. And from a USC standpoint, a useful one. He stepped in to replace Avon as one of the team’s most effective players, averaging 14.6 points, 3.1 assists, 8.5 rebounds and 0.8 per game steels.
He has developed into a leader, standing on the court in practice, instructing and encouraging his colleagues as they work through exercises and sports. She also has another trustee: her father, Eric Mobley, who is now an assistant coach at USC. A traveling, mobile senior returned to the United States from playing sports abroad to support his family, who instilled a love of sports in his two sons from an early age. The player told CBS News that Isaiah’s first word was “ball”.
“Basketball was always around, always on TV, [we were] Always talking about basketball, “Avon Mobley, the family’s NBA superstar in the making, told CBS News via zoom from Cleveland.” So it was all natural for us. We just came in and really lived our whole lives around it. “
And for some as a baby gets older, he or she will outgrow this. She remembers watching her father through the kitchen window when the two of them demonstrated skills in the backyard that would take them to the elite level. It wasn’t often pretty.
“They are night and day; they would sometimes get into a little fight and I would have to run away and break them. But they will fight one-on-one battles and you know, and you know, you can see.” It’s from the kitchen area. You can see it. And sometimes I tell my wife why I don’t call, let her go, you know, let her work; but there were some fierce fights. . “
But perhaps without these fierce battles, the Mobley Brothers would not be where they are today – Isaiah is taking his team to the National Championship and Evan is making strong bets for the Rookie of the Year in the NBA.
“You know, he’s a great player, and I’ve been with him all my life, so it’s definitely different for me,” Ashiya said. “But I’m glad he decided to go. And I think we’re better off being separated.”
Isaiah is fully expected to re-enter the draft this year – and until the Cavs are lucky enough to pick him up, he will meet his brother in court for the first time in various uniforms.
It will be interesting and different to be a rival at the height of the game. But before that, the USC’s 6-foot-10 forward must prove he can continue the form that has made the USC one of the most feared PAC 12 teams this season – and Take the seventh-seeded Trojan as far as possible in March of this year. .