Shock to hear that Eric Mobley one time former American professional basketball player who played three seasons in the National Basketball Association (NBA) has passed away.
His death was made known through a Twitter post shared by Colin on Wednesday morning.
The unconfirmed report shared by Colin Dunlap says: – “RIP former Pitt big man Eric Mobley. Gone too soon. What a player.”
RIP former Pitt big man Eric Mobley. Gone too soon. What a player.
— Colin Dunlap (@colin_dunlap) June 2, 2021
Radio 93.7 The Fan have also confirmed the report to be true”
“We’re sorry to report that former Pitt big man Eric Mobley has died. The center who was drafted in the first round of the ’94 NBA Draft was only 51.”
Eric was an American retired professional basketball player who played three seasons in the National Basketball Association (NBA).
He was selected by the Milwaukee Bucks in the first round (18th pick overall) of the 1994 NBA draft.
A 6’11” center from Allegany Community College and the University of Pittsburgh, Mobley played in three NBA seasons for the Bucks and Vancouver Grizzlies.
In his three-year career, Mobley appeared in 113 games and averaged 3.9 points, 3.1 rebounds, 0.5 assists, 0.2 steals, and 0.5 blocks per game.
Who Is Eric Mobley, Age, Career & Full Professional History
Eric Mobley was in his third season as an assistant men’s basketball coach at USC, being named to the position by head coach Andy Enfield on March 24, 2018.
Mobley brought a wealth of experience in coaching, player development, mentoring and working on skill enhancement for big men.
Aged 52, Eric Mobley coached various AAU programs during the previous 11 years, coaching the AAU Compton Magic 16-and-Under team the three years before joining USC. Prior to joining the Trojans he travelled with the Compton Magic to China and put on coaching clinics and hosted player camps.
He also ran the Triple Threat AAU youth basketball program from 2007-2018. The Triple Threat program, which he founded, was designed to educate and empower student-athletes with confidence, commitment and integrity through the game of basketball.
In addition to all of his other basketball activities, Mobley also served as the head women’s basketball coach at Rancho Christian High in Temecula, Calif. last season.
Mobley played collegiately at Portland, where he averaged 7.2 points and 5.6 rebounds as a 1990 starter. He then played a season at Cal Poly Pomona, where he was the team captain.
He then played on professional teams internationally in Portugal, Mexico and Indonesia, as well as domestically in the World Basketball League and on the legendary Meadowlark Lemon’s Harlem All-Stars.
Born and raised in Georgia, Mobley moved to the San Diego area in the 1980s, where he graduated from Helix High in La Mesa (Calif.).
He graduated from Portland in 1990 with a degree in Criminal Justice. He has worked in the Public Defenders Office in both Riverside and San Diego County as a corrections officer and investigator.
He was also involved in various ministry works, feeding the homeless and the Salvation Army.