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Mobley brothers making headlines in national high school basketball community

Isaiah named McDonald's All-American, Evan is Gatorade's California Player of the Year

 

Last updated 3/16/2019 at 10:59am

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Evan Mobley, left center, and Isaiah Mobley, right center, and are pictured with their Rancho Christian High School varsity basketball teammates prior to the 2018-2019 season.

Rancho Christian High School's version of "The Twin Towers," Evan and Isaiah Mobley have recently earned two prestigious honors on the national high school basketball landscape.

Isaiah, a senior, was named a 2019 McDonald's All-American in January and Evan, a junior, was named 2018-19 Gatorade California Boys Basketball Player of the Year by the Gatorade Company on Friday, March 15.

Isaiah, a 6-foot-10, 230 lb. forward, will play in the 42nd annual McDonald's All-American Game on March 27 at State Farm Arena in Atlanta. He is the only Californian selected to play in this year's McDonald's All-American Game and is the first boys basketball player ever selected to play in the game.

Great Oak's Lindsay Sherbert was named a High School Girls McDonald's All-American in 2010.

Isaiah averaged 22 points, 13 rebounds, four assists and two blocks per game and was ranked the No. 1 recruit in the state of California when he signed his letter of intent to play at USC.

This past summer, Isaiah was named the MVP of the Pangos All-American Game, the Jumpman Best of the West Game, the JB Showcase, the BattleZONE, and the NBPA Top 100 Camp, according to a press release issued by USC.

Evan was named 2018-19 Gatorade California Boys Basketball Player of the Year by the Gatorade Company in a press release issued by the company. The naming means that Mobley is now a finalist for the prestigious Gatorade National Boys Basketball Player of the Year award to be announced in late March.

"Evan Mobley just can't be stopped," Josh Giles, head coach at Centennial High, said in a press release by Gatorade. "He's got a great inside game, he can handle the ball, he can step out and shoot it. There are no holes or flaws in his game. He has the potential to be a Kevin Durant."

According to a press release by Gatorade, the award recognizes "not only outstanding athletic excellence but also high standards of academic achievement and exemplary character demonstrated on and off the field."

The release stated that Mobley has "volunteered locally feeding the homeless and coaching youth sports teams and has donated his time on behalf of violence prevention programs" while maintaining a 3.92 GPA.

The 7-foot, 200-pound center led the Eagles to a 26-6 record and the Open Division playoffs this past season. He averaged 19.2 points, 10.4 rebounds, 4.7 blocks and 3.3 assists per game, was named co-MVP of the Southeastern League and was a standout for the gold USA Basketball U17 Men's World Cup team in 2018.

He is one of two underclassmen named as a Third Team Naismith High School All-American and is ranked as the nation's No. 1 recruit in the class of 2020 by ESPN.

Other notable athletes that have won the player of the year award include Karl-Anthony Towns, Dwight Howard, Chris Bosh, Paul Pierce, Chauncey Billups, and Jason Kidd.

According to the press release, Mobley will be able to award a $1,000 grant to a local or national youth sports organization of his choosing through Gatorade's "Play it Forward" campaign.

For more information on the Gatorade Player of the Year program, visit http://www.Gatorade.com/POY.

Jeff Pack can be reached at [email protected]

 

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