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  1. Evan Mobley, the 7-foot-tall No. 1 prospect in the 2020 class, announced his commitment to USC on Monday. "I want to get it out of the way before I start my senior year. And I know where I want to go," Mobley told ESPN. "As a freshman and sophomore, I wasn't sure exactly where I was going to go. I was looking for the best fit. But after my junior season, I know that being at USC is the right fit for me." Mobley's father, Eric, is an assistant coach for the Trojans, and his older brother, Isaiah, is an incoming freshman for Andy Enfield's program. Eric Mobley was hired in March 2018 after spending several years coaching in the Compton Magic grassroots program. Two months later, Isaiah Mobley, a five-star prospect in the 2019 class, committed to USC. "It will be great to play with him; we have really good chemistry together," Evan Mobley said of playing with his brother. "If he has a chance to go to the NBA, that would be great too. He has been a big influence on me both on and off the court. Being older, he has always helped me in the classroom and on the court." On Monday, the package was completed. USC had been the clear favorite to land Mobley since hiring his father, and no other schools were truly involved during the latter stages of his recruitment. "It will be very exciting," Mobley said. "It would be like playing in my backyard again and on the playground. We played together and against each other and my dad would be there coaching us. My dad has been my coach all the way up until high school. I can't wait." Evan Mobley, second from left, shown with his father Eric, brother Isaiah and mother Nicol. Mobley family Mobley, who plays at Rancho Christian High School (California) and suited up for the Compton Magic this spring and summer, won gold medals with USA Basketball at the 2018 FIBA U17 World Cup and the U19 World Cup earlier this summer in Greece. He averaged 19.2 points, 10.4 rebounds and 4.7 blocks last season for Rancho Christian en route to winning Gatorade California Player of the Year honors. "Coach Enfield a great guy and a great coach," Mobley said. "He will play me as a big and utilize my skills. When I have a mismatch, he will take advantage of it. USC has a great freshman class coming in. It will be a young team this year and I'm excited about the future." Mobley is the first commitment for Enfield in the 2020 class, but he is USC's third five-star prospect in the past two recruiting classes, following Isaiah Mobley and Onyeka Okongwu. All three players played for the Compton Magic program. Tobias Harris Jersey Yves Pons Jersey Zach Kent Jersey
  2. Lunardi: Calipari over Pitino, if only because of his probable longevity in the college game and at Kentucky. As a program builder and marketer, Calipari is an even greater innovator than Pitino as a tactician (which admittedly is saying an awful lot). Calipari may be the greatest salesperson of his generation in any endeavor. If you don't believe that, take a look at UMass before and after his tenure there. The marriage of his self-promotion and brand-building skills with Kentucky are somehow understated, as are his abilities in player development. Whatever the next iterations are in terms of recruiting and rules, Calipari will find and exploit an advantage. He always has. Brion Sanchious Jersey Brion Whitley Jersey DaQuan Smith Jersey
  3. Borzello: I'll go with Pitino. Given that Rupp's accomplishments will be 100-140 years old in 50 years, combined with his integration and racial controversies, I think he's probably out of the conversation come 2069. Calipari's biggest legacy is undoubtedly his recruiting ability, dominating the one-and-done era and changing the way programs recruit. But assuming the one-and-done rule goes away at some point in the next few years, I think Pitino will get more long-term credit for his impact on the college game. He helped change the way the game was played, centered around a reliance on the 3-point shot. He helped bring the full-court press back in style and was ahead of the curve on analytics. Pitino certainly has his controversies and black clouds, from the stripper scandal to the FBI, but in 50 years, I think some of his innovations will stand out. And even right now, if you ask college coaches to pick someone else to coach one game and win, they're picking Pitino. For me, it boils down to this: The 3-point shot is the biggest thing in the sport right now, and Pitino was at the forefront of that movement in college basketball with Providence in 1987. He wrote in his book last year that an exhibition game before the season against the Soviet Union made him realize his team had to shoot 20-plus 3-pointers per game. This was just a few months after the NCAA universally implemented the 3-point line, so very few other big programs were catching on and shooting even half that many. Providence making the Final Four in '87 thanks to the 3-point shot was unprecedented and helped bring it into the mainstream. Marshall Goldberg Jersey Matt Flanagan Jersey Maurice Ffrench Jersey Max Browne Jersey
  4. Medcalf: I just think coaches will mimic Calipari over the other coaches on the list. There wasn't a blueprint after the NBA changed its age limit in 2006. At the time, it seemed as if players might choose to be like Kevin Durant and find a program that would give them the green light and a proper audition for NBA execs. But Calipari convinced players to join forces and enhance their odds of both reaching the next level and competing once they get there. Even if the NBA changes its rules, Kentucky will get the Trae Youngs and other players who will treat college basketball like the G-League before entering the draft. I also think he's changed the TV product. Who else could get ESPN to televise a practice or an exhibition trip to the Bahamas or an NBA combine he'd arranged for his players, which was attended by more than 30 scouts and executives? Calipari is a player's coach. He's given his players a platform and showcase to reach the next level. We're entering a world where college basketball will have to compete with the G-League, international basketball and other routes to the NBA. The product's entertainment value and access have always been its advantages. You'll see more programs offering an "exclusive" televised or streamed product in the future. Calipari has been doing this for a decade. His influence will last. Paul Adams Jersey Richaud Floyd Jersey Roger Wehrli Jersey Taylor Powell Jersey
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