Former Pitt center and NBA 1st-round pick Eric Mobley dies at 51

PITTSBURGH — The University of Pittsburgh basketball program confirmed on Twitter that former center and NBA first-round draft pick Eric Mobley has died. He was 51 years old.

Mobley was born in the Bronx, NY. He played at Pitt from 1991 to 1994.

The 6′11″ center averaged more than 10 points and nearly 7 rebounds a game in his 3 years at Pitt. In his final year, those averages jumped to 13 points and nearly 9 rebounds. Before coming to Pitt, he played for a year at Allegany Community College.

The Milwaukee Bucks selected Mobley with the 18th pick in 1994.

He played in the NBA for 3 seasons, the last two with the Vancouver Grizzlies, and averaged nearly 4 points and more than 3 rebounds.

Mobley’s cause of death hasn’t been released.