Former USC center Evan Mobley received a warm welcome when he touched down in Cleveland, Ohio on Friday. The 7-foot big man was pictured stepping off a private plane, greeted by fans and Cavs personnel.
The team also welcomed the No. 3 overall pick with a billboard on E 14th St & Carnegie Ave reading, "WELCOME TO THE LAND EVAN MOBLEY."
The 20-year old was drafted Thursday night as the No. 3 overall pick in the 2021 NBA Draft by the Cleveland Cavaliers. Only two players surpassed him on the draft board, Cade Cunningham [Detroit Pistons] and Jalen Green [Houston Rockets].
"I'm just here to be the best player, the best person I can be at the Cleveland Cavaliers," said Mobley after the Cavs made their selection. "I'm here to show what I have, and hopefully be rookie of the year [or] rookie of the month as many times as I can." Mobley continued, "I'm just here to do my best, bring everything that I got to the city [and] to the team. To get to know everyone, and I feel like we definitely can have a great year this next coming year."
Mobley was voted Pac-12 Player of the Year last season after averaging 16.4 points, 8.7 rebounds, 2.9 blocks and 2.4 assists in 33 games played for the USC Trojans.
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