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Don't Believe the (Mayo) Hype

The start of the college basketball season is still three months away, but the hype around O.J. Mayo is full speed ahead. He's yet to have a college practice, but already Mayo is saying how he wants to come back for a sophomore season unless he can make millions in the NBA draft. Gee, you think that;s going to happen? Besides the goofy statements, here's the biggest issue: Why can't Mayo stay out of the limelight right now? The simple answer: That's why he went to USC, to be in a major media market and command the spotlight. I'm sure this is merely step No. 1.

By Josh Barr  | August 29, 2007; 9:55 AM ET
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why are the statements goofy? read the entire article. the kid was probably responding to the medias questions regarding how long he plans to stay. you think this kid wouldn't be in the draft if the nba hadn't instituted its new rule? he's one of the top players in his class and has been since he played hs varsity basketball in the 7th grade. not sure why you have so much tongue-in-cheek sarcasm for a kid that is probably going to back it up. leave the kid's dreams alone.

Posted by: huh? why hype? because you say so? | August 29, 2007 8:25 PM | Report abuse

Barring injury, I'd be shocked if he's back at USC. That's why it's ridiculous -- to ask these questions or answer them. Does anyone think he's really planning to be at USC more than one year? Why should he feel any need to give a PC answer?

Would it be wrong to say something to the effect of, "Yeah, I want to go to the NBA but I had to go to college for a year because of the age limit. As long as things go the way I think they should, I'm one and done."

Maybe the headline could have been better. I wasn't saying don't believe the kid isn't good. Just don't believe the "I really want to play more than one year" mess.

Posted by: Josh Barr | August 30, 2007 10:26 AM | Report abuse

USC PR guy Dave Tuttle passes along that the Trojans are indeed practicing for an exhibition series in Mexico and that Mayo's statements came at a news conference. I stand corrected -- Mayo has had a college practice and the spotlight simply finds him. Again, part of the reason he went to USC. As Tuttle writes in an email:

"Judging from the amount of requests nationally that I have been getting for him since June ... I don't think he could stay out of the limelight if he wanted! It really is amazing the attention and interest in him."

Posted by: Josh Barr | August 30, 2007 3:11 PM | Report abuse

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