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January 28, 2007 | Ben Bolch, Times Staff Writer
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.
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April 10, 2008 | Ben Bolch, Times Staff Writer
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.
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December 20, 2007 | Ben Bolch, Times Staff Writer
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.
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November 8, 2006 | Ben Bolch, Times Staff Writer
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.
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March 15, 2008 | Ben Bolch, Times Staff Writer
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.
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October 30, 2007 | Ben Bolch, Times Staff Writer
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.
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May 13, 2008 | Lance Pugmire, Times Staff Writer
Tito Maddox is watching the O.J. Mayo saga unfold, "stunned by the parallel" of reports illustrating allegations that cash and gifts prohibited by college rules were funneled to the NBA-bound college star. "Same story, same guy," Maddox, 26, said Monday in front of his Carson home. Maddox was talking about Los Angeles events promoter Rodney Guillory, whom Maddox said he was befriended by in the summer of 1998, just before his senior year at Compton High.
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December 6, 2008 | Lisa Dillman, Dillman is a Times staff writer.
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.
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November 18, 2006 | Ben Bolch, Times Staff Writer
If it's fun, then O.J. Mayo might not be one and done. The most coveted recruit in USC basketball history said Friday afternoon that if the Trojans fall short of a national title in his freshman season but show promise for the following year, he might not necessarily bolt for the NBA.
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November 17, 2006 | Ben Bolch, Times Staff Writer
Signing prized recruit O.J. Mayo might have been a three-for-one coup for USC Coach Tim Floyd, who now could benefit from the services of standout juniors Nick Young and Gabe Pruitt for an additional season. Young and Pruitt, projected as first-round NBA draft selections by nbadraft.net, said they were leaning toward staying for their senior seasons and playing with a Trojans lineup that could include four potential first-round draft picks.
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