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Evan Mobley named Naismith Defensive Player of the Year semifinalist

If there’s an award given to a men’s college basketball player, chances are good that USC freshman Evan Mobley is in the discussion for it. On Thursday, the 10 semifinalists for the Naismith Defensive Player of the Year were announced and Mobley was included.

The Trojans’ 7-footer is the only one of the 10 semifinalists who is not a junior or senior and is the only player from the Pac-12.

Mobley is averaging 16.8 points, 8.7 rebounds and 3.0 blocks per game in what is likely to be his only college season before heading to the NBA, potentially as USC’s highest ever draft pick.¬†According to USC, Mobley is the only Division I player to be averaging at least 16.5 points, 8.5 rebounds, two assists and two blocks.

This recognition joins Mobley’s other accolades this season, including being named to the Wooden Award Late Season Watch List and a six-time selection as the Pac-12’s freshman of the week.

Next, Mobley and his 19-4 USC team will take on Colorado Thursday evening, in a very important conference game between the first place Trojans and fourth-place Buffaloes.

Erik McKinney

Erik McKinney began writing for WeAreSC in 2004, during his junior year at USC, covering the Trojans football team and recruiting. He then moved on to ESPN.com in 2011, where he served as the West Region recruiting reporter and then the Pac-12 recruiting reporter. He took over as publisher of WeAreSC in January, 2019.

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