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CoMoChief
07-05-2006, 08:19 PM
O.J. Mayo, the No. 1 recruit in the Class of 2007, told the USC coaching staff and players last week that he would commit to the Trojans, multiple sources told ESPN.com.

The 6-foot-4 Mayo, as recognizable a high school recruiting name as LeBron James and Greg Oden, made the statement while on his unofficial recruiting visit last week in Los Angeles. He still needs to make that sentiment public, though. He could do so as early as this weekend at the Reebok ABCD Camp on the Fairleigh Dickinson campus in Teaneck, N.J.

O.J. Mayo, center.
AP Photo/Al Behrman
Wherever Mayo lands, he will make an immediate splash.

High school recruits often say one thing to a coaching staff to appease them and then sign somewhere else during the fall and spring signing periods, but multiple sources told ESPN.com that the Trojans are awaiting public word from Mayo. Even after he makes an announcement, though, the Trojans would have to wait until the November signing period before it's truly official.

NCAA rules forbid college coaches from commenting publicly on commitments until they receive a signed national letter of intent. That said, if Mayo verbally commits to USC this weekend -- or anytime before the fall -- he would immediately go down as the most significant recruit in USC basketball history.

Mayo still could have other alternatives instead of going to college in the fall of 2007. There is a possibility he could go overseas for a year or compete in a barnstorming tour with other high-profile players who are prohibited from entering the NBA draft until they are at least 19 and one year out of high school. Details of possible moves like this are expected to be explored in September.

Still, those would be unchartered waters. The more traditional approach for Mayo would be to do what Oden did: go to school for at least one year. Oden chose Ohio State and is projected to be the No. 1 pick in the 2007 NBA draft if he declares. Mayo, who is still scheduled to finish his high school career at North College Hill in Cincinnati, is a potential No. 1 overall pick in 2008 if he were to declare.

"[Mayo] could change a program and give it instant credibility," said one source. "He sees the big market and knows that he's not too far away from being marketed. [Going to USC] would only help him and he's confident enough to win a national championship."

The assumption for over a year was that Mayo would go to Cincinnati if Bob Huggins were still employed there, or follow him to wherever he landed, which ended up being Kansas State. Multiple sources told ESPN.com, though, that Mayo called USC coach Tim Floyd in November to express his interest in joining the Trojans.

Mayo then played in an event in Los Angeles in December, with reports surfacing that he was interested in a West Coast school. The assumption at the time was that it was UCLA, but by December, it had been made clear to USC that it was the Trojans, not the Bruins, who were in the hunt.

Multiple sources said that Mayo wanted to be in a major media market and that he told the USC staff he didn't want to be just another name at a school like Duke or North Carolina. He wanted to win big, go to the NBA and already have been marketed in a media center. Sources also said that Mayo was very aware of the attention USC's back-to-back Heisman winners, Matt Leinart and Reggie Bush, received the past two seasons.

"He's a little bit different for a kid his age," a source said.

Mayo was in Los Angeles last Wednesday to Friday. He met with the coaching staff, played with USC's returning players on campus and had a conversation with USC athletic director Mike Garrett. Mayo also met with Floyd for the first time. A source said Floyd has only talked to Mayo a handful of times, with Mayo showing more enthusiasm in this partnership than USC.

That's what makes this even more of a coup for the Trojans, assuming it becomes official. Even though he coached in the NBA at Chicago and New Orleans, Floyd has only had one highly rated freshman in his college career -- Marcus Fizer, while he was at Iowa State.

The timing of a Mayo commitment couldn't come at a better time for the Trojans. USC is still emotionally spent after dealing with the tragic death of freshman point guard Ryan Francis, and also needs to overcome the loss of star shooting guard Gabe Pruitt, who is academically ineligible for the first semester. The Trojans are also opening their new arena, the Galen Center, this fall.

A Mayo commitment may lead to another major coup if teammate and close friend Bill Walker, another top-10 player in the class of 2007, were to follow him to USC. The two have said for the past two years that they would play together in college.

SCTrojan
07-05-2006, 08:24 PM
I'll believe he's going to USC when he faxes in his letter of intent, and not before.

milkman
07-05-2006, 08:27 PM
I wonder if Saul knew about this?

Oh, look what I found, at the bottom of page 1.

Page freakin' 1!!!!

http://www.chiefsplanet.com/BB/showthread.php?t=143253

Saulbadguy
07-05-2006, 08:33 PM
I wonder if Saul knew about this?

Oh, look what I found, at the bottom of page 1.

Page freakin' 1!!!!

http://www.chiefsplanet.com/BB/showthread.php?t=143253
Don't blame him. MU education.

HemiEd
07-05-2006, 08:35 PM
I wonder if Saul knew about this?

Oh, look what I found, at the bottom of page 1.

Page freakin' 1!!!!

http://www.chiefsplanet.com/BB/showthread.php?t=143253

n00bs!

Saulbadguy
07-05-2006, 08:41 PM
I'll believe he's going to USC when he faxes in his letter of intent, and not before.
I've heard over and over again that this kid will not play a minute of D-1 College b-ball.

I don't think it's over yet...

Things should get interesting tommorow, at the ABCD Reebok camp.

SCTrojan
07-05-2006, 08:47 PM
I've heard over and over again that this kid will not play a minute of D-1 College b-ball.

I don't think it's over yet...

Things should get interesting tommorow, at the ABCD Reebok camp.

That's the word on the USC site I frequent - that something will happen tomorrow.

Like I said, I'll believe it when I see the LoI.

Put it this way - I'm not getting my hopes up about these rumors flying around.

Cochise
07-05-2006, 09:02 PM
Even if he does sign a LOI, what is to stop him from deciding to back out and play elsewhere before he can enter the NBA draft?

SCTrojan
07-05-2006, 09:08 PM
Even if he does sign a LOI, what is to stop him from deciding to back out and play elsewhere before he can enter the NBA draft?

As I understand the rules, he can't play at another college after he signs an LoI unless the school in question releases him from the commitment.

Having said that, there's nothing to stop him from sitting out or playing in the developmental league for a year before turning pro.

ROYC75
07-05-2006, 09:11 PM
OK, since he is into crime and thuggery, he will fit in in LA. Center of confusion and CBBB ( California Beach Baby Bitches)

Saulbadguy
07-05-2006, 09:12 PM
OK, since he is into crime and thuggery, he will fit in in LA. Center of confusion and CBBB ( California Beach Baby Bitches)
Hahahaha. Crime and thuggery.

ChiTown
07-05-2006, 09:13 PM
OK, since he is into crime and thuggery, he will fit in in LA. Center of confusion and CBBB ( California Beach Baby Bitches)

Geezus, Roy. You have absolutely morphed into a complete idiot.........

Cochise
07-05-2006, 09:16 PM
Hahahaha. Crime and thuggery.

Yeah. He's one of those people who would get a group of his boys and jump someone outside of a bar in Lawrence. er-

Saulbadguy
07-05-2006, 09:17 PM
Yeah. He's one of those people who would get a group of his boys and jump someone outside of a bar in Lawrence. er-
Or get stuck in a Taco Bell drive-thru window demanding his chalupa.

Ari Chi3fs
07-05-2006, 09:20 PM
Man, His parents should have either stuck to condiments or juice drinks... not both.

ChiTown
07-05-2006, 09:20 PM
Yeah. He's one of those people who would get a group of his boys and jump someone outside of a bar in Lawrence. er-

ROFL

ROYC75
07-05-2006, 09:22 PM
Geezus, Roy. You have absolutely morphed into a complete idiot.........


Damn guys, lighten up, just having a little fun here. If you took that serious, your and idiot !

Pitt Gorilla
07-05-2006, 09:24 PM
Even if he does sign a LOI, what is to stop him from deciding to back out and play elsewhere before he can enter the NBA draft?His LOI would stop him.

ROYC75
07-05-2006, 09:25 PM
Yeah. He's one of those people who would get a group of his boys and jump someone outside of a bar in Lawrence. er-


That wouldn't suprise me at all ..........

Seriously, does it seems like more kids are getting into trouble now than ever before.

Cochise
07-05-2006, 09:26 PM
His LOI would stop him.

Yeah, sorry. I meant from playing somewhere other than in the NCAA.

Spicy McHaggis
07-05-2006, 09:35 PM
... Or compete in a barnstorming tour with other high-profile players who are prohibited from entering the NBA draft until they are at least 19 and one year out of high school.

Hmmm, so essentially it would be just like all those prep schools except without having to keep up the appearance of actually teaching.

Big Dick Jones
07-05-2006, 09:37 PM
Tough choice, living in LA (beaches, girls on beaches) or living in Manhattan (farms, girls on farms)

Saulbadguy
07-05-2006, 09:39 PM
Tough choice, living in LA (beaches, girls on beaches) or living in Manhattan (farms, girls on farms)
Might as well said California or Kansas.

ROYC75
07-05-2006, 10:29 PM
Tough choice, living in LA (beaches, girls on beaches) or living in Manhattan (farms, girls on farms)


That's it in a nutshell. To only play 1 year, why not have a vacation at the beach ?

BTA, I hear those sheep in Manhattan are really baaaaad .

KevB
07-05-2006, 10:51 PM
Tough choice, living in LA (beaches, girls on beaches) or living in Manhattan (farms, girls on farms)

That may be part of it, but I think it's pretty clear it's a big market vs. small market decision for OJ. He's looking to jump start his NBA marketing aura by playing where he'll get lots of visibility. This has been how he's been guided throughout his time as a basketball prodigy, so this shouldn't come as any surprise. I still think it's 50/50 he goes to college, and I'm still not completely convinced that if he chooses college, it will be at USC. Having said that, any school would have a fun year watching him play.