Bloomington – Brandon Mobley came away impressed with a recent unofficial visit to South Carolina, but it hasn't changed his mind about who holds the title of frontrunner.
The 6'9", 200-pound junior forward from Savannah (Ga.) Windsor Forest H.S. took an up close look at Coach Darrin Horn's Gamecock program for Tuesday's game against Clemson. Mobley said he loved the atmosphere at the game and that the trip has elevated Coach Darrin Horn's program on his list.
But it's still Indiana that remains on top.
"South Carolina is a good school," Mobley said. "But Indiana is still on top."
Mobley had originally intended to make an unofficial to Bloomington in the fall, but those plans fell through. Now that he has one unofficial visit under his belt, he and his mom have designs on taking some more unofficial visits, including a stop at Indiana.
Mobley would like to find a weekend where he can take in games at both Indiana and Cincinnati, and he said the Indiana staff has been working to come up with a good weekend for him to visit the Bloomington campus. If that future visit goes well, Mobley said it's within the realm of possibility that he could commit to the Hoosiers.
"Once I visit Indiana, I think it will push it way over the top," Mobley said. "I still think I'd like to look around, but if I took an unofficial to Indiana – knowing how much I already like it – if I felt the same way I did when I took my unofficial (to South Carolina) I might commit."
Mobley would clearly be a solid get for the Hoosier program. A long, athletic big man who can play both inside and out, Mobley is averaging 21 points and 15 rebounds this season. After seeing his team struggle through a four-game losing streak, he's helped them turn things around and they are now in the midst of a six-game winning streak.
He's spearheaded the turnaround, continuing to be a force on the glass and a versatile offensive threat. After doing much of his damage as a sophomore in the post, Mobley has been stepping away from the basket more this season. That move has created some headaches for opposing coaches while also better preparing him for the probability of playing small forward in college.
"I wanted to do that to get ready for college, and my coach said when I go to college I'll be playing the ‘3'," Mobley said. "I have been doing it for a while in AAU, but in high school I'd primarily been playing in the post. Now I can face up and look for the double teams and look for the isolation."
While he's doing that, he's also continuing to look for a future college destination. Mobley said coaches from Kansas State, Cincinnati, Michigan State, South Carolina and Georgia State have all been out to see him play in recent weeks, but the relationship he's developed with IU assistant coach Roshown McLeod as well as head coach Tom Crean has IU solidly in the lead.
Mobley added that IU's recent struggles on the court won't have any impact on their status either.
"That's not bad because if I decided to go to Indiana it would be good because we could shock the nation," Mobley said. "People would be saying that Indiana went from being bad to being on the up rise."
Mobley Makes First Trip, But Leader Unchanged
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