Accolades: West Virginia Player of the Year – high school (07), EA Sports National High School Boys Basketball Player of the Year (07), McDonald’s All-American (07), First Team Parade All-American (07), First Team Parade All-American (06), Second Team Parade All-American (05), First Team USA Today All-USA Team (07, 06, 05), Mr. Basketball – Ohio – high school (06 & 05).
Scouting Report: Much-hyped combo guard with a solid all-around game.
Strengths: Prolific scorer – averaging over 20 ppg as a freshman in the Pac-10 is quite a feat. Great body control. Good ball handler and a great passer. Capable of playing either guard positions. Strong physique. Good range on jumper. Solid free throw shooter. Solid defender. Can hit difficult shots with defense on him. Used to pressure/attention – has been in the spotlight since before high school.
Weaknesses: Takes a lot of shots – needs the ball. Takes questionable shots. Turnover prone – more turnovers than assists. On court & off court incidents in high school raised concerns about his attitude/character. Older than other freshmen – will be turning 21-years-old at start of next NBA season. Still inexperienced, only playing one year of college ball.
Projected 2008 Draft Range: Top 10 pick.
Consensus: With the exception of LeBron James, few players can live up to the hype heaped on them at an early age. O.J. Mayo is one of those players. Projected as a NBA superstar since the seventh grade, Mayo has fallen out of favor as of late. Still, he is a spectacular basketball player and should have no trouble becoming an impact NBA player. Whether he will become the superstar he was projected to be is up in the air still.
Stats: OJ Mayo Stats
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