NEW YORK -- The Minnesota Timberwolves have landed Southern
Cal guard O.J. Mayo with the third overall pick in the NBA draft.
Mayo was outstanding in his lone season with the Trojans,
averaging 20.7 points, 3.3 assists and 4.5 rebounds. He was named
to the Pac-10 First Team and was a finalist for the Naismith and
Wooden awards after finishing second in the conference in scoring.
The 6-foot-5 Mayo had 19 games with at least 20 points,
including a 32-point effort against Mercer in his college debut. He
torched Arizona State for a season-high 37 points while shooting
7-for-10 from beyond the arc. Mayo also had 19 points and five
rebounds against Kansas, the eventual national champs.
Mayo can play the point but is better suited for the 2-guard
position, allowing him to showcase his long-range accuracy. Mayo
shot 41 percent from three-point range last season, hitting 88 of
his 215 attempts.
Mayo's reputation took a hit when a former associate accused him
of accepting thousands of dollars in cash and other gifts from an
event promoter over a four-year period. Mayo denied any wrongdoing,
but the allegations further sullied USC's athletic program.