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Tuesday, January 18, 2022

USC’s Cheves Goodwin and Isaiah Mobley push each other towards careers

There aren’t many benefits to going to college during a pandemic. But for the student athlete, it can mean less time for distractions and more time to work on their craft.

This was the approach USC striker Cheves Goodwin tried to take. And when he comes to the Galen Center for additional training, there is usually at least one other teammate already taking pictures there: Isaiah Mobley.

“I don’t see anyone there more than me or him,” Goodwin said. “You will develop a certain type of respect for someone when they work as hard on their craft as you do. If you see this person there every day as often as you do, it kind of makes you think, “Okay, I need to go to the gym before him.”

As it turns out, Mobley and Goodwin were pushing each other to play their best basketball of the season.

A fifth-year student, Goodwin is 6’9 “averaging career record points (13.2) and rebounds (7.0). Likewise, Mobley is 6’10 ” averaging a double-double as a junior with 15.4 points and 10.0 rebounds. They are ranked 1-2 in the USC in their respective categories, while the Trojans lead to the start of the season 11-0.

And that 1-2 hit rarely fared better than Tuesday’s comeback win over UC Irvine.

Mobley and Goodwin together averaged 45 of 66 USC points in the game and 28 of 38 in the second half as USC overcame an eight point deficit. Goodwin overcame a tough first half in which he was dragged out by poor play on both sides of the court and scored 17 in the second half, shooting down 7 of 11 free throws.

“I watched him work with different guys all summer, commute to work in Irvine,” Mobley said. “And I feel that it is starting to manifest.

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Mobley, meanwhile, plays in the dominant field. He recorded 20-10 games in three straight and four of the last five after just one such performance in his first two seasons.

“The most important thing I’ve seen him grow up is maturity,” Goodwin said. “A year ago, Isaiah was more trying to find his way, trying to drown out a lot of extraneous voices or something else. Because at McDonald’s All-American you get that status, everyone wants to tweet, tell you that you are not that, not that, you are overrated. But it seems to me that this year he was just himself. “

Goodwin says he sees that the self-awareness that benefits Mobley is his confidence, allowing him to land light punches that he might have overrated and missed early in his career.

Mobley, who was nodding his head after Goodwin’s explanation, leaned into the microphone at the post-game press conference after the UCI win and said, “You hit that in the head,” making Goodwin glee.

Mobley, Goodwin and the Trojans will attempt to continue that success in the last two non-conference games of the season, starting Saturday in Phoenix against Georgia Institute of Technology (5-4), which features former USC security guard Kyle Sterdivant.

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