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Over the past few years, two of the best players in California have been the Mobley brothers. Both Isaiah and Evan have helped Rancho Christian High School in Temecula, become one of the better basketball teams in the state.
With the summer underway, the brothers are now helping the Compton Magic emerge as one of the top grassroots teams in the country.
The Magic recently wrapped up a regional qualifier for the Adidas Gauntlet over Memorial Day weekend. The team finished with an 8-0 record, with Isaiah and Evan controlling the paint on both ends of the floor.
Isaiah is widely considered a four-star recruit from the Class of 2019. He's one of the top big men in his class and recently committed to USC. Isaiah will join fellow Magic teammate Onyeka Okongwu to give USC a formidable frontline for the 2019-20 season.
According to Isaiah, he wanted to make his college decision early.
“It was just narrowing my decision, making my decision earlier than most dudes in my class. It took a lot of pressure off me during the live periods,” Isaiah said. “I like the school a lot, my dad got hired there so that helped influence for sure. But I like the school in general even if he wasn't there so I'm glad I made my decision.”
Heading into his senior season, Isaiah has developed into a talented, all-around big man. He can play multiple positions both offensively and defensively. While he has a nice touch around the basket, he can also put the ball on the floor and take defenders off the dribble.
He's also working on becoming a playmaker– a big man who can initiate the offense and get his teammates easy looks. He displayed some of that ability over the weekend.
“I'm trying to get the point-forward label, assists and getting everyone involved. Similar to Ben Simmons, get the ball out but still play inside,” Isaiah said. “Also, my outside shooting, to be able to shoot from far. That's what Coach [Andy] Enfield wants me to do when I get there.”
Evan, who is one-year younger in the Class of 2020, is also developing into a strong all-around player. He’s considered a five-star recruit, as well as the second ranked center in his class.
Evan has yet to make his college decision, but he currently holds offers from USC, Stanford, UCLA, Alabama, Miami, San Diego State, and Washington. It's believed that he'll eventually join his brother at USC.
“I'm probably leaning towards USC as well. I'm just weighing my options right now,” Evan said. “I don't want to make a decision too early.”
Evan has all the makings of a dominant defensive force in the paint. His long wingspan and athleticism make him one of the top shot-blocking prospects in the 2020 class. He patrols the paint defensively and alters many shots that he doesn't block outright.
On the offensive end, Evan is similar to his brother in that he has a soft touch around the rim and can score with his back to the basket. His perimeter jump shot is also improving and he can be deadly out in transition. He still has two more years of high school remaining and he's working tirelessly on improving his game.
“I'm looking to bring an inside presence and also an outside presence,” Evan said. “Stuff like ripping through, going around people, finishing at the rim, and also hitting some threes.”
If the Mobley brothers don’t both end up playing at USC, the upcoming season may be the last time they play together for a while. For the two of them, it's been an enjoyable experience to be by each other's side on the court.
“It's very enjoyable. When he [Evan] was a freshman he didn't really get to play that much cause he was hurt, but now it's real fun,” Isaiah said. “Our chemistry is beyond measures.”
Added Evan, “Our chemistry is very well, I like throwing lobs to him and hitting him in the post, and we just play off each other well.”
As the Mobley brothers continue their rise, they’re sure to be players to watch as they finish their high school careers and beyond.