Mayfield's Second Go-Around

Jeremy Mayfield figured he's be playing college ball at Nevada about this time, but it didnt work out that way and the 6-foot-10 Texan is in the midst of his official visits.

Jeremy Mayfield was supposed to be playing at Nevada right about now, but things didn't exactly work out as planned for the Texas big man and now he's at Gulf Shores Academy (Texas) and making his second run through the recruiting process.

``It's a positive and a negative," the 6-foot-10, 238-pound forward said. "Right now I could have been working out with college players and getting stronger, but the positive is that I can go somewhere closer to home."

Mayfield has the unenviable task of having to replace Gerald Green, now a rookie with the Boston Celtics, as the poster boy for Gulf Shores.

``He's versatile," DFW Elite coach Craig Roberts said. "He handles the ball like a guard and has good range from 18 to 20 feet. He's talented and has gotten bigger and stronger, but he needs to get up for every game. He's got to give consistent effort – come rain or shine, he should get 14 points and 10 rebounds every game."

``In Jeremy's defense, it's not that he's not motivated," added Roberts. "I don't think he understands what's at stake. He's starting to finally see it, but he's really laid back."

``I know I need to put up numbers every game," the 18-year-old Mayfield admitted.

The versatile Mayfield didn't qualify academically to play for Nevada a year ago – and now the former Irving MacArthur High (Texas) big man's school list consists of Oklahoma, Texas, Texas A&M, South Florida and Miami.

Mayfield has visited Oklahoma and South Florida thus far and he'll head to Texas this weekend. He'll also likely take an unofficial trip to Texas A&M sometime prior to his scheduled Oct. 28 visit to Miami.

``Right now I really like Oklahoma," Mayfield said. "I went down on a visit and they showed me a lot of love. The coaching staff is straightforward with me and told me how I can help them."

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