USC basketball needs to take the comments made by NCAA Tournament analyst Charles Barkley and put them up on the bulletin for motivation.
USC basketball has hopes of pulling off a stunning upset in the Elite Eight against No. 1 seed Gonzaga. While some in the media are very much on board, not everyone believes the Trojans have what it takes.
On the NCAA Tournament postgame show, Charles Barkley had some bold things to say about the matchup between USC and Gonzaga.
If Barkley wanted to claim Gonzaga will be able to beat USC because they’re a better overall team, that would be one thing. The Zags are the No. 1 overall seed for a reason. They’re really, really good.
However, claiming that Evan Mobley would be the fourth-best player on the floor is madness.
Barkley may like Corey Kispert, Drew Timme, and Jalen Suggs, but Mobley is on track to be a Top 2 NBA Draft pick. He’s been sensational all season, picking up the Pac-12 Player of the Year, Defensive Player of the Year, and Freshman of the Year awards. He’s the only player besides Anthony Davis to pull off that level of conference awards sweep.
And guess what? It turns out the Pac-12 was a pretty great conference this year. They’ve got three teams in the Elite Eight.
Mobley’s aggression and physicality have been the subject of talk during his time with USC. He’s more smooth than powerful at this stage in his development. He doesn’t always show that killer instinct.
This is the perfect moment for him to prove the doubters wrong.
Mobley is absolutely capable of destroying an opponent. All you have to do is watch his soul-crushing dunk on Oregon’s Frank Kepnang to know that. At that stage in the game, the Ducks were pushing to make the game interesting. He slammed the door shut on that idea.
Now is the time for Mobley to make his case to be the No. 1 overall pick in the NBA Draft. Barkley had comments on that subject as well, saying he’d take Suggs over Mobley in that spot.
Andy Enfield should find a copy of that segment and play it for Mobley every hour until the Trojans suit up against the Zags. He’ll have all the motivation he needs.