Holden Mobley, the MVP of Montgomery Bell Academy’s ride to the state championship, has committed to play basketball at Belmont University.
“I had a great visit with Coach (Rick) Byrd and I really felt at home when I was on the Belmont campus and meeting some of the guys,” said, whose Big Red team won the DII-AA state title at Lipscomb last month, said. “It just felt like exactly the right fit.”
Mobley, a 6-foot-3, 200-pound power forward, averaged about 12 points and seven rebounds per game for MBA. He was named the state tournament MVP after he scored 39 points and grabbed 12 rebounds in a pair of victories. MBA finished 24-5.
He considered Furman, Sanford and Rhodes. He also made a visit to Yale before he settled on a school in his hometown.
“I think Belmont is a very exciting opportunity for me,” Mobley said. “My coach, Kevin Anglin, and coach Byrd spoke after the season as to the possibility of my coming to play there.
“Coach Byrd stands for the highest and most principled ideals, and he was just the ideal college coach for me to play for. And it was the same for his players, as well.”
A versatile player, Mobley, who was a 2010 Mr. Basketball finalist, can score inside but also was one of the team’s top 3-point shooters. He was also an outstanding receiver on the MBA football team, the DII runner-up in 2009.
“I just hope to come in and do my best,” Mobley said. “They’re losing a couple of guards, which might open a few more opportunities for me to play early. We didn’t talk about redshirting, but if that situation comes about, it will give me a chance to get stronger and more ready.
“But regardless, this gives me a chance to go to a established program which has had success in the (Atlantic Sun) conference. Their team has finished at or near the top and has gone to the NCAA tournament (2006, ’07 and ’08).”
Plus he gets the opportunity to play before his home fans.
“My dad has already said he’s going to try to make all the home games and as many of the road games as he can,” Mobley said. “The fact that family and friends don’t have to go far to see my games is an added bonus.”