USC Trojans’ New Star Evan Mobley Talks About Emulating Idols Kevin Durant and Giannis

Published 11/25/2020, 10:46 AM EST


The USC Trojans have picked up one of the most exciting freshmen in the country in Evan Mobley. He joins his older brother Isaiah on the team that also has their father Eric as the Assistant Coach.

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Mobley, a 5-star prospect coming out of high school, recently spoke about how he has been modeling his game based on his idols. During a conversation with Jeff Goodman from the Stadium, he said, “I just follow my idols, such as Kevin Durant and Giannis.

“He’s not too big, but you see him dominating the paint when he drives to the rim. He drives viciously and no one can really stop him. I try to model my game after those types of players. Anthony Davis, he’s not really stocky, but he’s still a great player. So I try to take some pages out of their books.”

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Back in college, Davis was also lanky like Mobley. But he was still too dominant for the rest as he led the Kentucky Wildcats to the title back in 2011. So Mobley will be aiming to do the same during his time at USC.

Can Evan Mobley fill the void at the USC Trojans?

In high school, he played bully ball and stuffed the stat sheet, averaging 18.6 points and 10.9 rebounds in his senior year. But now in college, he will face stronger opposition.

He enters the circuit with high expectations resting on his shoulders after being the top-ranked big man in this year’s freshman class. He also has huge shoes to fill after the departure of Onyeka Okongwu to the NBA.

One of the most exciting things about his arrival at USC is how the Mobley brothers’ frontcourt works out. Isaiah has already established himself as one of the best in his class, and now it is time for his younger brother to follow suit.

The 19-year-old is a traditional big man. He can finish strongly at the rim, protect the paint, and grab every rebound he gets.

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During the interview, Mobley also spoke about how he wants to improve his playmaking, and that this season one can expect to see more assists from him.

Mobley has the potential to be a solid rim protector for the Trojans and can help them get a few upsets in the Pac 12 Conference games.

They are predicted to finish mid-table, so Mobley will be aiming to help the Trojans push for better results and also a first NCAA tournament appearance since 2017.

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Aaron Mathew

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Aaron Mathew is a sports analyst at EssentiallySports. A graduate in Mass Media from Xavier’s College, Aaron has been a part of EssentiallySports since May 2020 where he covers both NBA and NCAA basketball news, and has also covered NBA 2K. In the past, Aaron has worked at the Sports Desk of Mumbai Mirror.

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