Mayo Decides; Love on Hold

O.J. Mayo wasn't allowed to speak about recruiting to the throng of media at a news conference, but's top-ranked player gave us the scoop - as did the No. 2 player in the country, Lake Oswego High (Ore.) big man Kevin Love.

HACKENSACK, N.J. – O.J. Mayo will make a decision on where he'll attend school sometime in the next 72 hours or so. The smart money is on USC.

``It's a great opportunity," Mayo said of his desire to head to Los Angeles and play for USC coach Tim Floyd. "It's a nice campus, they have a good incoming class and it'll be easy to get players to come out there to help."

The 6-foot-4 North College Hill (Ohio) rising senior guard, arguably the top player in the Class of 2007 (although we beg to differ and prefer to go with big man Kevin Love), said he intends to make his decision public by the end of the Reebok ABCD Camp – which concludes on Sunday.

``I'm going to get it over with this weekend," Mayo said.

However, sources maintain that Mayo expects to make it semi-official on Friday afternoon.

``That's when I'll probably do it," Mayo said.

While USC will likely get the verbal pledge, Mayo said it's not completely set in stone that he'll wind up playing for the Trojans.

``I still want to visit Florida and Kansas State before I make a final decision," Mayo said. "A verbal is just a verbal."

That may be the case for some, but kids need to realize that giving someone your word should be worth something.

While many have speculated that his high school and summer teammate, Bill Walker (, No. 7) will follow him to L.A., sources maintain that won't likely happen – and that Walker is leaning towards committing to Bob Huggins and Kansas State.

While USC won't get Walker, the Trojans will get a package deal as Sean May look-a-like Aaron Pogue, out of Dayton Dunbar High (Ohio), will follow Mayo to the west coast.

``We want to go to USC and win a championship," said the 6-foot-9 Pogue. "We like the coaches and will be able to recruit other good players."


Kevin Love, who had a dominating performance in the morning session of ABCD on Thursday, won't be making his college decision this weekend despite an Internet report that stated the Lake Oswego High (Ore.) big man would end the recruiting process in a matter of days.

In fact, Love said that he'll likely wait until after taking official visits to both UCLA and North Carolina – his two finalists – before making a verbal pledge.

``Definitely not," said the 6-foot-9 big man of making a decision in the next few days. "I have no idea [why ESPN reported that]. I don't really know where that came from."

``I want to make it by November," he added. "I want to be stress-free for my senior season and then I can go out and play my best basketball."

Love scored 29 points in the morning session and came out of the first day at ABCD as the highest-rated player in the camp. He also suffered his first loss in what he estimated was about "55 games" in an afternoon contest.

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