LOS ANGELES (AP) -O.J. Mayo is leaving Southern California after one season to enter the NBA draft.
Mayo plans to hire an agent, which would prevent him from returning to the Trojans. He said he plans to finish his spring classes and then prepare for the June draft.
``I am so thankful for the fans and alumni at USC and around the nation that have been so supportive of me and my teammates throughout the season,'' Mayo said in a statement. ``I'd like to express my appreciation to my coaches and teammates for their support in one of the most important decisions I've ever made.''
The freshman guard signaled his intentions by wearing socks with the NBA logo in USC's 80-67 loss to Kansas State in the first round of the NCAA tournament.
Mayo helped the Trojans to a 21-12 record, giving them back-to-back 20-win seasons for the first time since 2001-02. Their wins included an upset of crosstown-rival UCLA.
He averaged 20.7 points and 4.5 rebounds, and set freshman school records for scoring average, points in a season (684) and 3-pointers (88).
``This comes as no surprise,'' coach Tim Floyd said. ``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.''
Advertisement

NCAAB Headlines

NCAAB Top Stories

Thumbnail Louisville vs. Florida State Pick One of the featured games today has No. 10 Florida State hosting No. 12 Louisville at 2PM ET. Which team...
Thumbnail Providence vs. Villanova Pick Will No. 1 Villanova make quick work of Providence when the two meet up in Big East action today at Noon ET?
Thumbnail North Carolina vs. Boston College Pick Will No. 9 North Carolina cruise when it goes on the road to face Boston College today at Noon ET?
Thumbnail Arizona State vs. UCLA Pick Should No. 3 UCLA have any trouble in disposing of Arizona State when the two meet up tonight at 11PM ET?
Thumbnail Maryland vs. Iowa Prediction The Iowa Hawkeyes are a small home favorite tonight against Maryland in Big Ten play. Will they cover?

NCAAB Team Pages