After main the Trojans to their second Elite 8 look within the final 65+ years, Evan Mobley is able to take his skills to the NBA.
Not solely did Mobley win Pac-12 Participant of the 12 months, however he additionally took residence Pac-12 Defensive Participant of the 12 months, proving he can get it carried out on each side of the court docket. His 95 blocks shattered the freshman file (76) set by Onyeka Okongwu only one 12 months in the past.
Mix that together with his workforce main 16.4 factors, and it is simple to see why he’s thought-about a monster prospect by so many draft pundits.
However does Gary Parrish really feel the identical means in his new mock draft launched by CBS Sports?
Of all of the draft projections coated on AllTrojans, Parrish has Mobley sliding the farthest…to 3rd total. That is nonetheless an extremely excessive spot to be taken, regardless that different draft consultants could argue that he’ll go greater at No.2 total.
Parrish writes, “The middle place has by no means been much less valued within the NBA than it’s proper now, which is not excellent for Mobley. However the one-and-done reigning Pac-12 Participant of the 12 months ought to nonetheless go within the prime three based mostly on his potential to rim-protect and stretch the ground.”
Parrish makes a robust level in regards to the devaluing of the middle place within the NBA, however the higher echelon bigs enjoying proper now are demonstrating how one can nonetheless construct a title contender with a middle as the point of interest of your offense.
Simply have a look at the main candidates for MVP this 12 months. The 2 gamers main the race are Nikola Jokic and Joel Embiid, each facilities. Some would argue Anthony Davis was one of the best participant on a workforce that gained the NBA Finals final 12 months, and he was enjoying middle down stretch of these playoff video games.
In the event you’re a GM who believes Mobley has the potential to succeed in the extent of the three guys beforehand talked about, he needs to be taken No .2. He can change the make-up of your workforce defensively, whereas having the proper skillset to play in as we speak’s NBA.
The talk between Jalen Suggs and Evan Mobley goes to rage on till draft night time. Suggs is an elite expertise, however their is extra potential with a seven-footer who can transfer like a wing.
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