1. Evan Mobley
School: Rancho Christian (Temecula, California)
Could we be watching the No. 1 pick in the 2021 NBA Draft?
There’s still some to learn about Evan Mobley, but there’s quite a lot to like already. A strong defender on the post and up top, last year’s Rancho Christian defense revolved around forcing the ballhandler toward Mobley and his brother, Isaiah, who is now enrolled at USC.
On offense, Mobley has shown the capability to handle the ball and be a playmaker, and with his frame – as of June 2018, he was 6-foot-11.5 with a 7-foot-4 wingspan – he can score down low with ferocity and ease. He averaged 19.2 points, 10.4 rebounds, 4.7 blocks and 2.9 assists per game as he was named to the ALL-USA California First Team.
But there are times it looks like Mobley needs to get accustomed to his length and add some weight to his 200-pound frame. Dominant as he is already, it will be fun to watch to see if Mobley can take yet another step toward become a true force of nature.
And that college is still yet to be determined. It has been widely assumed he will attend USC, where his dad coaches and brother will play, but Mobley has yet to announce any decision. In December 2018, he said “Not any big-time (schools are reaching out) right now.”
Mobley is a player we can enjoy watching — for the immense talent he already has, for being a lone star away from Isaiah, for the improvements he might be able to make in his final year and to see which program will be blessed with his abilities next year.