Basketball

Evan Mobley declares for 2021 NBA Draft

The freshman phenom played a key role in leading the Trojans to the Elite Eight.

Freshman forward Evan Mobley made his mark at USC and is now headed toward bigger things as he declared for the 2021 NBA Draft on social media Friday morning.

“I’ve dreamed about turning pro since I was a kid,” Mobley wrote on Twitter. “Come along for the journey.”

After showing off his talent on a national stage, ESPN has Mobley ranked as the No. 2 draft prospect. This positions him to become the highest NBA Draft pick in Trojan history — besting O.J. Mayo who was drafted No. 3 in 2008.

The 7-foot Southern California native was dominant on both ends of the court, making history in his first and only year. Mobley swept the Pac-12 awards, becoming the first player in conference history to win Player, Defensive Player and Freshman of the Year.

Mobley averaged 16.4 points, 8.7 rebounds, 2.9 blocks and 2.1 assists per game to help lead USC to an Elite Eight bid. This didn’t just land him atop the Pac-12 charts — he also became a first-team Wooden All-American.

Mobley expressed gratitude for his supporters in the announcement.

“I can’t thank my fans enough,” he said. “Your support has meant so much to me.”

His formal announcement came in the form of an NFT (non-fungible token), where he is auctioning off a one-of-a-kind rookie card as well as a signed jersey from both his college and professional teams, two tickets to a game during his rookie year and a meet-and-greet.

One moment fans and scouts won’t forget is this powerful dunk against Pac-12 foe Oregon in the Sweet Sixteen.

The 2021 NBA Draft will take place on July 29.