By Scott Eddy, Director of Athletics Communications
For a year after transferring into the program, there was a buzz around the arrival of Matt Mobley to St. Bonaventure.
Forced to sit out the 2015-16 season due to NCAA transfer rules after leaving Central Connecticut State, when Mobley hit the court last year he didn't fall short of expectations.
Instantly forming one of the best backcourt duos in the nation along with Jaylen Adams, Mobley ranked fourth in the Atlantic 10 in scoring at 18.5 points per game. He was an ironman for the program, standing fourth in the nation in minutes per game at 38.3. His 85 made three-pointers ranked fifth-most in school single season history.
His encore hasn't disappointed.
Named Atlantic 10 Player of the Week for the third time in his career last week after averaging 27 points over two wins, he turned in a career-high 35 points Jan. 31 at George Mason. He ranks sixth in A-10 scoring at 18.0 points per game and reached 1,000 points for his Bona career in the Feb. 7 victory over Saint Louis.
Together with fellow senior Adams, the duo creates nightmares for opposing defenses. The pair entered the season as the top returning scoring duo in the nation after averaging 39.1 points per game in their first season together. No other duo in the country began the season with more combined points than Mobley and Adams – a total that has swelled to 3,558 combined career points. Counting his two collegiate stops, Mobley actually holds the edge on his teammate in career scoring – 1,793 to 1,767.
"We are always together and we always know where we want the ball on the court," Mobley said of his backcourt mate. "We have great chemistry on the court; we know what we are looking for out there. It has been great playing with him."
For the year, the duo of Adams and Mobley is averaging over 37 points, 8.0 assists and 2.7 steals per game while shooting over 41 percent from long range.
Twelve times this season, Mobley has surpassed 20 points in a game, giving him 27 such performances in his 56 career games with the Brown and White. He also leads the A-10 in free throw percentage, stands fourth in 3s made and fifth in minutes played. He adds an important presence on the defensive end as well, pacing the team in steals.
In becoming just the 15th Bonnie to score 1,000 points in two seasons, he has showed his continued determination to leave his mark on the program in a short period of time.
"My mindset is different this year because it is my senior year," he said. "There's one year to do it. I don't really have any personal goals, I keep all of my goals team-oriented. I just want to go hard and help the team win."
Mobley is a key reason for the elevated expectations around the program this season – the type of buzz that has been at levels not often seen around The RC in the past generation.
"We know the buzz around town and we tell each other we just have to get to work," Mobley says. "We have three senior captains and we know what's at stake."
Then he adds the motto the team has adopted for this season.
"Let's get to it."
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