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.
March 29, 2007 |
The color schemes were askew for a future Bruin and a future Trojan on Wednesday night at Freedom Hall, but one of them didn't seem to mind. UCLA-bound Kevin Love was wearing red and USC-bound O.J. Mayo was feeling blue after his three-point attempt bounced off the rim with five seconds left, allowing Love and the West to escape with a 114-112 victory over Mayo and the East in the 30th McDonald's All-American high school basketball game.
October 30, 2007 |
Tim Floyd may have unwittingly provided future opponents with a rallying cry in March when he addressed his team before its second-round NCAA tournament game against Texas. "They've got four freshmen out there!" the USC coach barked. "Are you going to let four freshmen beat you?" The Trojans didn't, toppling the Longhorns en route to their first Sweet 16 appearance since 2001. But rival coaches might pose the same question this season, referring to USC freshmen O.J.
December 6, 2008 |
His rapid-fire NBA start has not escaped notice, hitting double figures in every game, not even obscured by his struggling team winning five times in 19 games. The players see it. And so do the officials, especially in the context that precocious rookie guard O.J. Mayo could have been rebounding from a loss to Oklahoma on Thursday had he stayed around for year No. 2 at USC.