March 21, 2008 |
As one Southland freshman ended his final fade, the other one began his final bloom. As one Southland freshman waved a desultory good-bye, the other one grabbed us in a sweaty embrace. On a night when the brief O.J. Mayo era ended in an Omaha stun, the final days of the brief Kevin Love era began with an Anaheim swat. And another one. And another one. Three blocked shots in the first three minutes, and he was just getting started, the kid using March to show us how he has become a man.
February 22, 2008 |
For O.J. Mayo, there may not always be next year. So in a close game that his team desperately needed, the USC freshman guard asserted himself when the outlook became bleak. Mayo scored 21 of his game-high 32 points in the second half to spearhead a comeback from a 15-point deficit and help the Trojans pull out an 81-75 victory over Oregon on Thursday night at the Galen Center.
February 15, 2008 |
For a player who couldn't practice because of a strained left groin, O.J. Mayo showed plenty of explosiveness Thursday night when he sprinted past a group of reporters toward the locker room. After he showered, the USC freshman guard said he was "pretty confident" that he would be able to play against sixth-ranked UCLA on Sunday at the Galen Center. "I did some therapy to get it better," said Mayo, who suffered the injury in practice Wednesday but didn't disclose it until the next day.
July 17, 2008 |
LAS VEGAS -- Pressure? O.J. Mayo has dealt with it since the seventh grade, when he competed for a spot on the varsity squad at Rose Hill Christian School in Ashland, Ky., and wound up averaging 23.2 points.
December 16, 2007 |
Two NBA scouts were split on whether O.J. Mayo would be a surefire lottery pick in the 2008 NBA draft based on the USC freshman guard's performance in his first nine college games. "I don't think that's a slam dunk, but he's in that range," one scout said. Said another: "I'd be shocked if he went any lower than seventh." Mayo is averaging 20.4 points, second in the Pacific 10 Conference behind California sophomore Ryan Anderson (22.
January 28, 2007 |
USC signee O.J. Mayo faces a two-game suspension after being ejected from a game Friday night involving his Huntington (W.Va.) High team in which he received two technical fouls and reportedly initiated contact with an official. Mayo received one technical foul for taunting after scoring on a breakaway dunk, then a second technical for a verbal confrontation with players from the opposing team.
December 20, 2007 |
Thirteen has been a plucky number so far for O.J. Mayo. The USC freshman guard has averaged 13.6 shots in the seven games his team has won. That figure swells to 22.7 shots in the three games the Trojans have lost. Mayo attempted a season-low six shots Monday while playing what his coach described as "maybe his best floor game of the year" during USC's 83-54 victory over Delaware State.
November 8, 2006 |
O.J. Mayo is not expected to sign a binding letter of intent with USC during the early signing period that begins today, but the 6-foot-5 point guard does hope to play for the Trojans next season, a source close to the situation said Monday, adding "There's no other place that he's even thinking about." Mayo, from Huntington (W.Va.) High, is rated among the top high school seniors in the nation. He could sign with USC in the spring signing period that begins in April.
March 15, 2008 |
O.J. Mayo was taking over. The USC freshman guard had made a spinning layup, a three-point basket and then a scoop layup among the UCLA wide bodies in the lane to lead the Trojans back from what had been a nine-point deficit midway through the second half Friday night at Staples Center.
April 10, 2008 |
After one college season in which he achieved nearly everything except a satisfactory conclusion for his team, O.J. Mayo is moving on. The USC freshman guard announced Wednesday that he would hire an agent and declare for the NBA draft, in which he is expected to become a lottery pick. He is projected as the No. 3 overall selection by nbadraft.net. Mayo averaged a team-leading 20.