SHUPirates.com Athlete of the Week (December 18, 2012)
Brandon Mobley, Men’s Basketball
With a 77-66 win over North Carolina A&T on December 16, the Pirates improved to 6-0 on their home floor this season.
For his role in the victory, sophomore forward Brandon Mobley (Savannah, Ga.) was selected to the BIG EAST Weekly Honor Roll, the first conference honor of his young career.
In SHU’s only contest of the week, Mobley logged a team-high 36 minutes, providing a versatile presence that proved too much for the Aggies to handle. On the offensive end, the Savannah native had the shooting touch working, going 7-for-10 from the field, including 2-of-3 from downtown. He also converted on all seven of his free-throw attempts on his way to a career-high 23-point afternoon.
On the glass, Mobley was a relentless force for The Hall, hauling in a game-high 13 rebounds that matched his personal-best entering the day. It was the fourth time that he has recorded double-digit boards in 2012-13 and his third double-double of the year, both team-highs despite having previously missed two games.
In a sophomore campaign that began auspiciously with the first double-double of his career in the season opener against UMKC (10 points, 10 rebounds), the second-year forward has transitioned smoothly into an augmented role within head coach Kevin Willard’s system.
After making six starts in his entire freshman season, Mobley has been inserted in the starting-five in six of his first eight appearances this season and has answered the bell for a well-rounded Pirates team. He ranks fourth on the squad with 8.6 points per game and second with a 6.9 per game rebounding average.
An average of 5.4 of Mobley’s rebounds come on the defensive end, the seventh-highest total in the BIG EAST to this point in the season. He also leads the team and is tied for ninth in the conference with 1.6 blocks per contest.
The increase in playing time has also given Mobley the opportunity to put his well-rounded offensive skill-set on display as along with standout Fuquan Edwin (Paterson, N.J.), he is one of two Pirates currently shooting over 50 percent from the field and 45 percent from three-point range.
After helping Seton Hall remain unbeaten at home and earning conference-wide recognition for his play, Brandon Mobley is your SHUPirates.com Athlete of the Week.