Isaiah Mobley’s parents, Eric and Nicol Mobley, are former basketball athletes turned coaches and educators. Isaiah is the older brother of Cleveland Cavaliers’ power forward Evan Mobley.
The 23-year-old didn’t have to go far from home to look for inspiration when it came to basketball. He had two of them at his home, guiding him at every step.
And on top of that, he had a younger brother who was ready to be as competitive as possible at any opportunity. Evan didn’t mind getting physical on the basketball court with his older brother.
Isaiah was drafted a year after his brother in the NBA by the same team. After being drafted in the second round in 2022, Isaiah has been currently playing with the Cavaliers’ G-league team, Cleveland Chargers.
Isaiah led Cavaliers to the Summer League Championship alongside his teammates Sam Merrill, Emoni Bates, and Sharife Cooper. Mobley earned the Summer League MVP award as he put in an impressive performance against Las Vegas in the finale.
Isaiah Mobley Parents, Eric, And Nicol Mobley
Isaiah Mobley’s parents Eric, and Nicol Mobley, raised two boys in San Diego, California.
There used to be times when Eric and Nicol would have to stop their sons from being too physical. The two boys were highly competitive, and Evan would even beat up his brother.
But now Eric and Nicol must consider themselves blessed to see the success of both their sons on the basketball court. Basketball has always been in their blood, and the boys were lucky they had their father, a basketball coach by their side.
Eric Mobley Is An Assistant Coach At USC
Eric Mobley has been working at USC as an assistant coach for the past five years.
He previously coached various AAU programs for 11 years, including Compton Magic 16-and-Under team the three years before joining USC.
But before Eric became a basketball coach, he was a player in the sport. Eric played collegiately at Portland and Cal Poly Pomona and later in Europe and Asia.
In the past, Mobley also worked in the Public Defenders Office in Riverside and San Diego counties. He was a corrections officer and investigator.
Most dads coach their kids only in their backyard, but Eric coached his sons in the backyard and also in the shiny basketball arena. He coached both Evan and Isaiah while they were at USC.
In an interview with the New York Times, the boys said their dad did a fantastic job maintaining a father-coach dynamic. Eric established the Triple Threat AAU youth basketball program in 2007 and worked on it until 2018.
Eric is available on Instagram with the username @emobley15 and mostly shares posts of his two sons’ successes on the basketball court.
Nicol Mobley Is An Educator
Nicol Mobley is a former basketball player who won a state championship at Mt. Carmel High School.
But unlike her husband, Nicol chose a career away from basketball. She became an elementary school teacher and has always believed education trumps athletics.
That being said, Nicol with her husband were active in their sons becoming athletes. She and Eric introduced the two boys to football, chess, and golf and also tried to push them toward musical instruments. But Evan and Isaiah kept on returning to basketball.
Earlier this year, in April, Nicol turned 50 and celebrated the occasion with her beautiful family. She shared the celebratory posts on her Facebook handle, which she has dedicated to talking about her sons.
Isaiah Mobley Brother, Evan Mobley
Isaiah Mobley’s brother, related by blood, is only Evan Mobley. We are clarifying it as Isaiah grew up with two foster siblings and a foreign exchange student.
His brother, Evan, went into more detail in his interview with The Athletic. Isaiah, the older of the two by a year, usually was the cooler one. As said by their dad in an interview, Evan was hot-headed and just mad at the world.
But as he grew older, Evan translated his anger into a healthy competitive spirit. Standing at 7ft, Evan was the smaller one growing up but caught up to his brother while at high school.
Evan graduated from Rancho Christian School in 2020, and during his time at Rancho averaged 20.5 points, 12.2 rebounds, and 4.6 assists.
He won the Morgan Wooten National High School Player of the Year title and was named to the 2020 McDonald All-American team. Evan followed in his brother’s footsteps and joined USC but only played one season.
He averaged 16.4 points, 8.7 rebounds, and 2.4 assists and won triple titles, including Pac-12 Player of the Year, Freshman of the Year, and Defensive Player of the Year.
In 2021, he declared for the NBA draft and was selected in the first round as the third overall pick. In the past two seasons at Cleveland, Evan has played 148 games, averaging 15.6 points, 2.7 assists, and 8.7 rebounds.