Tag:O.J. Mayo
Posted on: July 20, 2010 2:58 pm
Edited on: July 20, 2010 2:59 pm
 

Haden to replace Garrett as USC's AD


Former Southern California quarterback Pat Haden will replace Mike Garrett as the school's athletic director next month, the Los Angeles Times is reporting.

An official announcement is expected late Tuesday.

Garrett's future with USC has been uncertain since the NCAA charged USC with "lack of institutional control" after investigations centered around extra benefits that were provided to football star Reggie Bush and basketball star O.J. Mayo. Garrett won the Heisman Trophy at USC in 1965. He's been the school's athletic director for the past 17 years.

Haden played for USC in the 1970s.

He'll take over as USC's athletic director on August 3.
Posted on: January 3, 2010 3:34 pm
Edited on: January 3, 2010 3:35 pm
 

USC hoops punished for not being USC football


One of the best Pac-10 teams won't play in the Pac-10 tournament.

Or the NCAA tournament.

So yeah, Southern California absolutely hammered itself Sunday by announcing self-imposed sanctions that'll put a ceiling on what Kevin O'Neill's first team can accomplish. And if you're one of those -- like Tim Floyd, for instance -- who always thought USC would sacrifice the basketball program in an attempt to protect the football program, well, you now have your proof, which is why it's difficult to applaud athletic director Mike Garrett, who released a statement Sunday that included the following phrase: "When we've done something wrong, we have an obligation to do something about it, and that is exactly what we are doing here."

Really?

Then when will USC do something about Reggie Bush?

The investigation into Bush began in April 2006.

That's more than three years ago, and still nothing despite overwhelming evidence of improprieties. Meantime, Joe McKnight decided to start driving a Land Rover registered to a man who the L.A. Times reported registered a company called "USC Marketing," and is it any surprise that McKnight initially said he spoke to Bush before choosing USC over LSU out of high school? I can only imagine the details of that alleged conversation, but I'd bet my right arm that the words "extra" and "benefit" were included in some form.

Either way, the whole thing is a laughable mess.

And guess who pays the price?

The basketball program, that's who.

And, so far, it's only the basketball program, which is both shameful and transparent.
Posted on: May 14, 2008 12:50 am
 

DeRozan might be back on the market, it seems


Will O.J. Mayo cost Southern California its next freshman star?

"His main thing is, he wants to go (to USC) and help build the basketball program," Frank DeRozan, father of USC signee DeMar DeRozan, told the Los Angeles Times on Tuesday. "But we can't do that with a cloud hanging over the school's head."

So yeah, USC fans, it actually can get worse.

Not only has Mayo damaged the reputation of your program by allegedly receiving thousands of dollars in gifts and cash from a "runner" for an agent before and during his one year of college, but now it appears the allegations could cause the Trojans' top incoming prospect to ask for a release and re-open his recruitment. DeRozan is a consensus top five prospect, a likely one-and-done player like Mayo. And according to family members, he is not interested in playing at a school that won't be eligible for next season's NCAA tournament.

The NCAA has announced it is investigating the allegations surrounding Mayo.

A postseason ban for USC is a possibility.

"If (USC) can't make the tournament next year, that's what we're going to college for," Jermaine DeRozan, DeMar's half-brother, told the Los Angeles Times. "If you do your one year, you at least have to shine and get to the tournament with the intentions of winning it or get to the Elite Eight.

"I'm just hoping SC doesn't get put on probation," he added. "(If it does), I would get . . . out of there."

DeRozan's coach at Compton High, Tony Thomas, said schools are positioning themselves to land DeRozan if he asks for a release. He told the Los Angeles Times that assistant coaches from two of the Final Four teams -- which were Kansas, Memphis, North Carolina and UCLA -- have already called.

"They wanted to make sure if anything happened, don't forget about them," Thomas said.
Posted on: May 12, 2008 1:26 pm
Edited on: May 12, 2008 5:37 pm
 

Top 10 HS players almost always make the NBA


I wrote in my O.J. Mayo column that "the make-it-to-the-NBA rate for top 10 high school prospects is remarkably high."

Then I told you to "check the numbers" if you don't believe me.

Problem is, I didn't provide the numbers and the numbers aren't easy to check. So I've spent the past few minutes checking the numbers for you, and what I've found is indeed remarkable. I took Scout.com's top 10 lists from the Class of 2002 through the Class of 2007, looked at every prospect from those lists and given their current level of basketball.

Check it out ...

-- 2002 --

1. Amare Stoudemire (NBA)
2. Carmelo Anthony (NBA)
3. Raymond Felton (NBA)
4. Paul Davis (NBA)
5. Jason Fraser (Professional overseas)
6. Chris Bosh (NBA)
7. Rashad McCants (NBA)
8. Shelden Williams (NBA)
9. DeAngelo Collins (West Coast Pro Basketball League)
10. Sean May (NBA)

-- 2003 --

1. LeBron James (NBA)
2. Luol Deng (NBA)
3. Ndudi Ebi (Professional overseas)
4. David Padgett (Just finished college)
5. Shannon Brown (NBA)
6. Kendrick Perkins (NBA)
7. Charlie Villanueva (NBA)
8. Leon Powe (NBA)
9. Chris Paul (NBA)
10. Mustafa Shakur (Professional overseas)

-- 2004 --


1. Dwight Howard (NBA)
2. Shaun Livingston (NBA)
3. Al Jefferson (NBA)
4. Rudy Gay (NBA)
5. Josh Smith (NBA)
6. Robert Swift (NBA)
7. Marvin Williams (NBA)
8. Randolph Morris (NBA)
9. Sebastian Telfair (NBA)
10. Malik Hairston (Just finished college)

-- 2005 --

1. Josh McRoberts (NBA)
2. Gerald Green (NBA)
3. Monta Ellis (NBA)
4. Martell Webster (NBA)
5. Louis Williams (NBA)
6. Andray Blatche (NBA)  
7. Tyler Hansbrough (Still in college)
8. Julian Wright (NBA)
9. Andrew Bynum (NBA)
10. C.J. Miles (NBA)

-- 2006 --

1. Greg Oden (NBA)
2. Kevin Durant (NBA)   
3. Brandan Wright (NBA)
4. Spencer Hawes (NBA)
5. Ty Lawson (Just entered draft early)
6. Thaddeus Young (NBA)
7. Wayne Ellington (Just entered draft early)
8. Chase Budinger (Just entered draft early)
9. Darrell Arthur (Just entered draft early)
10. Paul Harris (Still in college)

-- 2007 --

1. OJ. Mayo (Just entered draft early)
2. Michael Beasley (Just entered draft early)
3. Kevin Love (Just entered draft early)
4. Eric Gordon (Just entered draft early)
5. Derrick Rose (Just entered draft early)
6. Kyle Singler (Still in college)
7. Bill Walker (Just entered draft early)
8. Donte' Greene (Just entered draft early)
9. Jerryd Bayless (Just entered draft early)
10. Nick Calathes (Still in college)

In all, there are 60 players listed. Of those 60, 18 -- including everybody on the 2007 list -- played college basketball this season. So that leaves 42 top 10 players from the past six classes who could've been on an NBA roster this season, and would you believe 38 actually were? The only missing players were Jason Fraser (2002), DeAngelo Collins (2002), Ndudi Ebi (2003) and Mustafa Shakur (2003), and three of those (Shakur, Ebi and Fraser) made a decent salary playing professionally overseas this season.

Anyway, here's the bottom line: The make-it-to-the-NBA rate for top 10 high school prospects since 2002 seems to be better than 90 percent. That's a stunning number, and it's why it makes sense for runners like Rodney Guillory to try to create relationships with elite prospects at an early age, because basketball is one of the few sports where being an elite level high school player practically guarantees a person will be a professional. There is almost no risk that a top 10 high school player won't make the NBA. So if you could spend $30,000 nurturing a relationship with such a player then it's reasonable to call it a wise investment (as long as you don't get caught, of course).

(It's worth noting this season's All-NBA first team -- Chris Paul, Kobe Bryant, LeBron James, Kevin Garnett and Dwight Howard -- were all top 10 high school prospects in their respective classes.)
 
 
 
 
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