Also, defensive and freshman of the year. All well deserved, and very much expected
Mobley will go pro..This just clinches it.
i dont think there was much doubt he was a one and done from the get go.
He's at worst top 5, could go as high as #1. He'd be gone after this season, with his measurables, even if he didn't have such great season.
Crunchy's spirit lives on with this post by Java. A cut and paste masterpiece.
I didn't know Carlander won PAC POY. Crazy. He was a good player but I don't remember him being dominant or changing the game. He seemed more like a steady lunch pail kind of player who was all conference level but not the shiniest tool in the shed. Of course it was years ago so maybe my memory is off.
One of my favorite memories is Marcus Cotton taking the court to a standing ovation of about 3,000 at the Sports Arena. He launched a shot from down town but it clanked off the back board. USC basketball - what a ride. Up and down.
what about Ronnie Lott taking the court , i was pretty young but i remember his neck, shoulders and traps looked huge.
@BigBallss Never saw that, I didn't go to any games til I was a freshman in '86. Back then there were so many empty seats that we could pretty much guarantee to work our way down to the fifth row by halftime. I don't think the SA was as bad as people made it out to be, but Galen is the sheets.
Hoops could use some marketing. It's always going to be an uphill battle, but imho there is more than can be done. Galen obviously was a great start.
Does anybody know just how raw Boubicar Coulibaly is? Is he going to be another Clayton Olivier or is he going to be Malik Martin?
give him a broom, mobley is sweeping up the awards.
USC’s Mobley completes sweep
The 7-footer is named the Pac-12’s player, defensive player and freshman of the year.
EVAN MOBLEY led the Pac-12 in rebounds per game and blocks per game and finished seventh in scoring. (Young Kwak Associated Press)
BY RYAN KARTJE
When Evan Mobley arrived on USC’s campus as the highest-rated recruit in the school’s modest basketball history, the 7-footer carried with him the kind of towering expectations that hadn’t accompanied the program in decades, if ever.
Somehow, his freshman season still managed to outpace those lofty projections. No player in the Pac-12 was more dominant during this strange pandemic season than Mobley, who was selected the conference’s player of the year, freshman of the year and defensive player of the year Tuesday.
Mobley is the fourth Trojan to be named the conference’s player of the year and the first since Sam Clancy in 2002. But neither Clancy, Harold Miner (1992) nor Wayne Carlander (1985) pulled off a sweep of the Pac-12 hoops awards. The only player from a major conference to match Mobley in that regard is former Kentucky standout and current Lakers star Anthony Davis, who won all three Southeastern Conference awards in 2012.
Mobley is the second Pac-12 player to win the conference’s player of the year award while also being named its best defensive player. The other freshmen to win the Pac-12’s top honor are California’s Shareef Abdur-Rahim (1996), UCLA’s Kevin Love (2008) and Arizona’s Deandre Ayton (2018).
Mobley was the centerpiece of a season for USC that exceeded the most ambitious of expectations, as Andy Enfield, in his eighth and most impressive season, led the Trojans to the doorstep of their first Pac-12 title since 1985. They might not have finished the job, faltering over the season’s final trip to the Rockies, but USC’s 21 wins this season led all Pac-12 teams. USC went 15-5 in the conference, finishing second to Oregon (14-4) by percentage points.
It was a banner season amid difficult circumstances for Enfield, who was honored as the Pac-12’s coach of the year. Enfield is the first USC coach to earn the conference’s top honors since George Raveling in 1992. Bob Boyd (1979) and Stan Morrison (1985) also won the award.
None of those three had to rebuild their team on the fly like Enfield did this season. The Trojans had only three players with experience returning, so he built much of the roster through the portal, adding three of USC’s five starters and four of its top six scorers by way of transfers.
“If you would’ve asked us, would you take 21-6, 15-5 in our league, I would have said sign us up now,” Enfield said Saturday after USC defeated UCLA 64-63 on a last-second three-pointer by Tahj Eaddy, one of the transfers.
Eaddy was chosen to the All-Pac-12 second team after being thrust into a leading role in the offense. Eaddy responded by averaging 13.1 points and making 39% of his three-pointers, the best rate on the team.
It helped to have a future top draft pick to build around, and Mobley didn’t waste any time in dominating this season.
He scored 21 points in his debut and never looked back. He won the freshman of the week award seven times, while no one else won more than two. He had 10 double-doubles, the most in the Pac-12. He led the conference in rebounds per game (8.6) and blocks per game (2.9), while finishing seventh in scoring (16.1 points). But Mobley’s total impact, especially on the defensive end, was difficult to quantify.
Mobley proved to be a terror in the paint, blocking 77 shots, more than all but two players in college basketball. And it was from that prowess that USC built its best defense in recent memory, holding opponents to 39% shooting over the course of the season, 12th best in college basketball.
It was a memorable season from Mobley, who will most assuredly leave USC after the NCAA tournament to declare for the NBA draft. He’s expected to be a top-three pick.
UCLA had its own expectations this season, picked to finish at the top of the conference, while USC was slated for sixth.
While the Trojans swept the Pac-12’s top honors, the Bruins had more players honored on the All-Pac-12 teams.
Bruins point guard Tyger Campbell was named to the conference’s first team, while Jaime Jaquez Jr. and Johnny Juzang were named to the second team. Jaquez also earned a place on the all- defensive team.
Adding CAE named coach of the year and #2 bruin killer was second team conference.
Didn't know Woods played with Duncan - is that why he transferred? Playing time?
I think he transferred same year Duncan graduated, when he was ready to take over. Arizona was the bigger time program, had recently won a title. So who knows what happened there.
He reminds me a little bit of a more offensively polished version of uOa's Loren Woods. Woods could block shots like crazy, and EM has that same uncanny ability to time his blocks. Woods had the benefit of being in college for five years, so EM's ceiling would appear to be significantly higher. EM is definitely the more complete version of the two, but I do see other teams adjusting their offenses around EM like they did with Woods.
That is a throwback. Haven't heard that name in a while. He played with Tim Duncan in college before being paid by Arizona :)
Similar build to Evan. His playing style eludes my memory though.