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Old 08-29-2007, 05:29 PM   #1
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Exclamation OJ Mayo To Stay 2 Years At USC ???

http://www.latimes.com/sports/la-spw...ck=1&cset=true

O.J. Mayo is coming back to USC for his sophomore season. Or maybe not.

The heralded freshman guard said Tuesday afternoon when he met with the media at Heritage Hall that he intended to return for a second year of college unless he was guaranteed to become a lottery pick in the NBA draft -- a proposition that for now is considered likely.

"Right now, I plan on staying more than one year unless my situation changes and I have an opportunity to make a living for my family," Mayo said. "Right now, I'm focusing on my education, and I'm hoping next year if I do return -- which I plan on -- I'd like to go into business management and real estate investments."

Mayo noted that he could suffer an injury or fail to meet expectations, developments that would force him to seriously consider returning to college for another season.

"I'm working hard, but I could maybe not have a good year," he said. "You never know. I don't really want to look ahead at that. I want to focus on this year.

"If I have an opportunity to be a lottery pick and take care of my family, then I would most certainly have to look at that. But right now education-wise, I'm planning on coming back next year."

Coach Tim Floyd said he would encourage Mayo to leave for the NBA if he was projected to be a high first-round draft pick because it would be irresponsible to allow him to return and risk suffering a career-threatening injury.

Mayo said his mother, Alisha, who was initially reluctant to allow him to attend college across the country from their home in Huntington, W.Va., has softened her stance in the wake of violent outbursts in the neighborhood.

"Back at home it's getting real rough," Mayo said. "A lot of people are getting shot and there's a lot of bad activities going on. She's like, 'I never thought I would be happy for you being 3,000 miles away.'

"The only thing she was worried about was that she always heard USC was in . . . a bad neighborhood. But you have campus police, and they do a great job of patrolling our university, and everyone looks out for each other on this university. No one will really let anything bad happen to you while you're on this campus."

Mayo said he hoped his mother could take a break from her job as a nurse's assistant -- she works nine hours a day six days a week -- and travel to Southern California to attend several USC games. Mayo's friends and family have already planned to charter two buses and attend USC's game against Memphis in the Jimmy V Classic on Dec. 4 at Madison Square Garden in New York.

Sophomore forward Taj Gibson added 14 pounds of muscle in the off-season, going from 210 pounds to 224, after following a rigorous weightlifting regimen. He also ate five times a day.

"It's made a difference," Gibson said. "I go stronger to the rim, and I take care of the ball more. Last year, I had a lot of problems with defenders coming and stripping the ball from me. Now I'm real strong and physical with the ball."

Gibson said the increased strength should also improve his stamina, which became an issue during the second half of last season.

"Toward the end of the season my body kind of wore down a little bit from not being used to the physical contact," he said. "Now I can bang longer."

Sophomore guard Daniel Hackett said he still had not heard whether he had made the final cut for the Italian national team that will compete in the FIBA European Championships, Sept. 3-16 in Spain. Hackett would have to miss two weeks of school to make the trip.

"Coach put it on me," Hackett said. "He said, 'You're a mature guy. If you can take care of business, go. If you can't, stay.' It's a big opportunity to be a backup point guard for the national team at that level, but if it doesn't come this year, hopefully it will come next year with the Olympics or in the following years."


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Old 08-29-2007, 06:59 PM   #2
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to OJ Mayo. Education is second to none. I think with all the new regulations and age requirements that this going to happen more and more. I think these kids are starting to realize that just because they are a great athlete right now in there lives, that it can be taken away as quick as it was given.
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Old 08-29-2007, 07:02 PM   #3
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No he doesn't. He said he wants to stay for 2 years unless he's guaranteed to be a lottery pick. The man is projected to go top 5. I dont't really see how this is a sign that he's staying in school.
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Old 08-29-2007, 07:04 PM   #4
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to OJ Mayo. Education is second to none. I think with all the new regulations and age requirements that this going to happen more and more. I think these kids are starting to realize that just because they are a great athlete right now in there lives, that it can be taken away as quick as it was given.

Education = Overrated when your guaranteed to make millions by playing a game. And honestly take it from a 2007 graduate that these days even having a bachelor degree really doesn't mean that much in todays society. You need a masters or more for all the good jobs.
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Old 08-29-2007, 07:06 PM   #5
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to OJ Mayo. Education is second to none. I think with all the new regulations and age requirements that this going to happen more and more. I think these kids are starting to realize that just because they are a great athlete right now in there lives, that it can be taken away as quick as it was given.

Screw that. I'll give up my college degrees to be one of the world's best b-ball players, playing in the best league and making tens of millions of dollars a year. When I'm retired, I'll go back to school.
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Old 08-30-2007, 12:33 AM   #6
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Education = Overrated when your guaranteed to make millions by playing a game.

Thank you, Sherlock, for stating the obvious.

However, he does want to learn about "business management and real estate investments," which will very much be worth the time and effort, especially with the housing market the way it is right now.

He already plans to have phata$$ cribs and he'll profit crazy g's off of them, yO!
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Old 08-30-2007, 12:35 AM   #7
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Unlikely. Even coach Floyd says he'll discourage OJ from staying more than 1 yr.
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Old 08-30-2007, 12:36 AM   #8
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Has he ever played a game for USC yet??? I am confused, who cares about this kid. he is so overrated!
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Old 08-30-2007, 12:36 AM   #9
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lol hes top 3 projected.

he's one and done. its all a smoke screen
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Old 08-30-2007, 01:09 AM   #10
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When it comes to players of his talent, education is overrated. The point of college is to prepare an individual for a career. If he does go in the lottery, he's got two guaranteed years where he will gross more than most college graduates do in their entire careers. You don't need a Finance degree to realize that he could put his savings in an S&P500 index fund, retire after his 4 years in the NBA and live off of the interest for the rest of his life.

Yes, education is nice to fall back on if he has a career-threatening injury during his freshman year but if he's healthy come Pre-Draft camp there's no financial incentive to stay in school. If he does stay, it'll be because he loves it in college.
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Old 08-30-2007, 01:34 AM   #11
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The irony of this article is that it says Mayo is leaving USC next year, almost contradicting the title.
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Old 08-30-2007, 01:40 AM   #12
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I remember Oden saying that he was staying at OSU for another season.

It just doesn't make any logical sense for a #1 draft pick to stick around. Now... maybe he doesn't live up to his hype in college? But, if everything goes according to plan, he would be stupid to stay in school. You can always go back and get your degree.
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Old 08-30-2007, 01:57 AM   #13
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You don't need a Finance degree to realize that he could put his savings in an S&P500 index fund, retire after his 4 years in the NBA and live off of the interest for the rest of his life.

index funds give interest?

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Old 08-30-2007, 11:55 AM   #14
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index funds give interest?

Yeah, after I posted that I wondered how long it would take before someone said something. He could live off of the capital gains. Not at the level he might be accustomed to as an NBA player but better than most folk.
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Old 08-30-2007, 01:27 PM   #15
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wow,do not take personal offense to this, but the comments made about education is why America is in the place we are in the world today. our priorities are screwed up to a point of almost no return. i think it is absolutely absurd to pay an athelete 10s of thousands of dollars to play a game for half a year when we have doctors and scientists doing meaningful work for the benefit of society. its wrong. disgustingly wrong.
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