Trojans fans hoping against hope for their star player to stay can stop. In college basketball’s most shocking development since Tyler Hansbrough was named Player of the Year, O.J. Mayo is declaring for the NBA Draft.
(They’ll always have their memories - of being bounced by K-State.)
The LOS ANGELES TIMES reports that the USC freshman is one-and-done with his college career. But that doesn’t mean he’s completely abandoning his educational pursuits:
He said in a statement he would finish the semester at USC and then “focus on preparing for the NBA draft.”
O.J.’s move not only strengthens his academic standing, but it could also save the Trojans from losing scholarship money.
But the fact is that Mayo is going pro, and going away from USC. Accompanying the announcement is the usual cordiality from the affected sides. Coach Tim Floyd was gracious in bidding a fond adieu to O.J., as read from his released statement:
“This comes as no surprise. We are appreciative of everything O.J. did for all of us the year he was with us. We wish him well. I have no doubt that he will be a great professional.”
And Mayo was just as appreciative for his time with a Trojans, again as read from a released statement:
“Attending USC has been such a great experience for me and has really helped prepare me for my next step in life.”
Yeah, yeah, yeah. But if O.J. is lucky, maybe he’ll only have to take his game a few blocks north from the Galen Center to the Staples Center.
… As a member of the Clippers! MWAH-HA-HA-HA!