Freshman forward Sean Mobley was rated a four-star recruit by ESPN.com before making his way to VCU. The 6’8’’ former star from Montverde Academy in Florida led his high school team to a 26-2 record and the semifinals of the Dicks Sporting Goods High School Nationals as a junior.
Now wearing the Black and Gold, Mobley has started in four conference games and played in all 23 games so far this season. With a total of 94 points scored and six steals under his belt, Mobley has been a bright spot in a down year for men’s basketball. Mobley led the Rams in three pointers Friday night, recording all four in the first half of VCU’s 81-68 loss to the No. 22 University of Rhode Island Rams Friday night at the Stu.
What has the season been like for you so far?
This season has been a new experience coming in from high school to college. We have had our ups and downs but I think we are on the right path now.
How would you describe that transition from high school to college?
Definitely the tempo — it’s faster and the coaches are on you to learn stuff quicker.
How would you describe your game play on the court?
I would think I am the good guy on the team. I do all the small stuff right and limit my mistakes and do what the coaches tell me to do.
What do you consider your strengths on the court?
I think my basketball IQ is definitely one of my strengths, along with my passing and shooting.
And your weaknesses?
Probably my athletic ability, I have to work on that. My footwork, quickness like first step moves and vertical jump jumping, stuff like that.
What is your biggest competition, team wise, for the season?
Virginia was definitely a tough team and Seton Hall is very good.
Why did you pick VCU?
Just because of the winning culture and the basketball culture and the community is definitely something special.
Why basketball in general?
It is just something I remember doing for as long as I can remember. It was my first love.
Has your freshman class merged well together with the sophomores and seniors?
In the beginning I think we had little boundaries and stuff but everyone is getting along well.
Any goals for the rest of the season, for you personally and the team?
For me personally, I just want to become more aggressive on the court and for the team, win the A-10 tournament.
Jessica Wetzler, Contributing writer