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    OJ Mayo has committed...

    To the USC Trojans. Talk about keeping the same colors I guess.

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    O.J. Mayo, the No. 1 recruit in the Class of 2007, told the USC coaching staff and players last week that he would commit to the Trojans, multiple sources told ESPN.com.

    The 6-foot-4 Mayo, as recognizable a high school recruiting name as LeBron James and Greg Oden, made the statement while on his unofficial recruiting visit last week in Los Angeles. He still needs to make that sentiment public, though. He could do so as early as this weekend at the Reebok ABCD Camp on the campus of Fairleigh Dickinson in Teaneck, N.J.

    O.J. Mayo, center.
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    Wherever Mayo lands, he will make an immediate splash.

    High school recruits often say one thing to a coaching staff to appease them and then sign somewhere else during the fall and spring signing periods, but multiple sources told ESPN.com that the Trojans simply are awaiting official word from Mayo. Even after he makes an announcement, though, the Trojans would have to hang on to his commitment until the November signing period.

    NCAA rules forbid college coaches from commenting publicly on commitments until they receive a signed national letter of intent. That said, if Mayo makes it official this weekend -- or anytime before the fall -- he would immediately go down as the most significant recruit in USC basketball history.

    Mayo still could still have other alternatives instead of going to college in the fall of 2007. There is a possibility he could go overseas for a year or compete in a barnstorming tour with other high-profile players who are prohibited from entering the NBA draft until they are at least one year out of high school and at least 19 years of age. Details of possible moves like this are expected to be explored in September.

    Still, those would be unchartered waters. The more traditional approach for Mayo would be to do what Oden did -- go to school for at least one year. Oden chose Ohio State and is projected to be the No. 1 pick in the 2007 NBA draft if he declares. Mayo, who is still scheduled to finish his high school career at North College Hill in Cincinnati, is a potential No. 1 overall pick in 2008 if he were to declare.

    "[Mayo] could change a program and give it instant credibility," said a source. "He sees the big market and knows that he's not too far away from being marketed. [Going to USC] would only help him and he's confident enough to win a national championship."

    The assumption for over a year was that Mayo would go to Cincinnati if Bob Huggins were still employed there, or follow him to wherever he landed, which ended up being Kansas State. Multiple sources told ESPN.com, though, that USC coach Tim Floyd received a phone call in November that Mayo was interested.

    Mayo then played in an event in Los Angeles in December, with reports surfacing that he was interested in a West Coast school. The assumption at the time was that it was UCLA, but by December, it had been made clear to USC that it was the Trojans, not the Bruins, who were in the hunt.

    Multiple sources said that Mayo wanted to be in a major media market and that he told the USC staff that he didn't want to be just another name at a school like Duke or North Carolina. He wanted to win big, go to the NBA and already have been marketed in a media center. Sources also said that Mayo was very aware of the attention that USC's back-to-back Heisman winners Reggie Bush and Matt Leinart received the past two seasons.

    "He's a little bit different for a kid his age," a source said.

    Mayo was in Los Angeles last week from Wednesday to Friday. He met with the coaching staff, played with USC's returning players on campus and had a conversation with USC athletic director Mike Garrett. The meeting with USC coach Tim Floyd was the first for both parties. A source said Floyd has only talked to Mayo a handful of times, with Mayo -- more than USC -- leading the recruitment.

    That's what makes this even more of a coup for the Trojans, assuming it becomes official. Even though he coached in the NBA at Chicago and New Orleans, Floyd has only had one highly-rated freshman in his college career -- Marcus Fizer, while he was at Iowa State.

    The timing of a Mayo commitment couldn't come at a better time for the Trojans. USC is still emotionally spent after dealing with the tragic death of freshman point guard Ryan Francis and also needs to overcome the first-semester ineligibility of star shooting guard Gabe Pruitt. The Trojans are also opening its new arena, the Galen Center, this fall.

    A Mayo commitment may lead to another major coup if teammate and close friend Bill Walker, another top-10 player in the class of 2007, were to follow him to USC. The two have said for the past two years that they would play together in college.
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    Re: OJ Mayo has committed...

    USC? Now that's a mecca for college basketball. Maybe he going to try to be a tailback in the fall.
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    Eh..USC has just made a good offer, now the other schools know what the price to pay is
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    Quote Originally Posted by cumberlandreds
    USC? Now that's a mecca for college basketball. Maybe he going to try to be a tailback in the fall.
    Needless to say, I was surprised. I thought Kansas St had him all locked up.

    Latest word is that Walker may be following Michael Beasley to Kansas St. Either way, I will definitely be following both Mayo and Walker through college and on to the NBA.
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    My highschool was one game away from playing him in the State playoffs this year, man would we have ever been crushed, but I would have loved to have seen it, lol.

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    Re: OJ Mayo has committed...

    Mayo has scheduled a press conference tomorrow at the ABCD camp to make it official.

    I wouldn't count on Walker going to K-State just yet.
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    Here's what im wondering, why USC? I know they have no track record in the Pac-10, but they are getting new facilities and a new gym, so maybe that might have something to do with it.

    There was a rumor on a UK message board that USC was using Snoop Dogg to recruit Mayo.
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    Quote Originally Posted by WVRed
    Here's what im wondering, why USC? I know they have no track record in the Pac-10, but they are getting new facilities and a new gym, so maybe that might have something to do with it.

    There was a rumor on a UK message board that USC was using Snoop Dogg to recruit Mayo.
    OJ wants to play in a major media market and for a coach with NBA ties, Floyd was the coach of the Chicago Bulls.

    While LA is obviously a major media market, I still don't think it's a very good move. The LA media market is pretty region specific. PAC-10 games get little to no coverage in the east or mid-west since they don't come on (if they are on at all, which most aren't) until around 12:30-1:30am.
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    Perhaps he just wants to play at a big school with next to no media spotlight. It's not like NBA scouts will forget he's there, and if he leads SC to big things he'll be a campus hero for life.

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    I think the whole OJ Mayo - Bob Huggins relationship was WAY overblown by the local media who were just speculating. He never gave any REAL indication he really wanted to play for Huggins. I don't think he ever had any intention of going to Kansas State. I think those were asusmptions made by everyone but OJ.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MWM
    I think the whole OJ Mayo - Bob Huggins relationship was WAY overblown by the local media who were just speculating. He never gave any REAL indication he really wanted to play for Huggins. I don't think he ever had any intention of going to Kansas State. I think those were asusmptions made by everyone but OJ.
    If Bob Huggins was still at UC, Mayo and Bill Walker would be signing LOI's to UC. Huggs has been recruiting him since the 7th grade. If Bob was at a major east coast program, I have no doubt OJ would follow. I don't blame him for not wanting to play in Manhattan Kansas, which is in the middle of freakin' no where.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Herd Fan
    Perhaps he just wants to play at a big school with next to no media spotlight. It's not like NBA scouts will forget he's there, and if he leads SC to big things he'll be a campus hero for life.
    USC is Los Angeles, and if Walker follows Mayo, USC could be a top 10 preseason program. The media spotlight will follow Mayo wherever he goes just as it did LeBron.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Reds4Life
    OJ wants to play in a major media market and for a coach with NBA ties, Floyd was the coach of the Chicago Bulls.

    While LA is obviously a major media market, I still don't think it's a very good move. The LA media market is pretty region specific. PAC-10 games get little to no coverage in the east or mid-west since they don't come on (if they are on at all, which most aren't) until around 12:30-1:30am.
    I think Louisville would have been a better choice, but obviously Mayo wouldnt have gotten the media exposure.

    Playing in the Big East wouldnt hurt either.
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    Quote Originally Posted by WVRed
    I think Louisville would have been a better choice, but obviously Mayo wouldnt have gotten the media exposure.

    Playing in the Big East wouldnt hurt either.
    With the new Big East national TV package with ESPN, plus their deal with CBS, I agree with you 100% he would have been better off at a Big East program.
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    Very strange move, but not totally out of the blue. USC was always the team in the background, and apparently they pushed hard enough.

    I'd be very, very surprised if Bill Walker doesn't end up at Kansas State....Kenan Ellis will most likely stay at home and play for UC.
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