Cardinals strong with O.J. Mayo

While it turned out to be a big recruiting weekend for the University of Louisville with the upperclassmen, don't think for a minute that Rick Pitino and company aren't as equally strong with the top underclassmen in the nation, too.

Sophomore-to-be and basketball phenomenon O.J. Mayo returned to the Bluegrass state for the Kentucky B.C.I. tournament, held at the Mid-American Sports Center.

Saturday morning, Mayo's AAU team the D-One Greyhounds took on the Parkside Panthers. Mayo established himself early and often, scoring 20 points and grabbing 9 rebounds in the first half. He split time between point guard and shooting guard and ran the offense well, consistently getting into the lane and finishing around the basket. Mayo also used his height to his advantage many times posting up smaller defenders for easy scoring opportunity's.

There's no debate. Mayo is as good as advertised. He shoots the ball well off the dribble, and can get into the lane any time he wants. He nruns the fast break well, has great court vision, and gets after it on defense.

The 6-foot-4 rising sophomore led his team to a 98–57 victory, finishing with 28 points, 11 rebounds, 4 steals, 3 assists, and a block.

After the game, Mayo told Inside The Ville that his top colleges are Louisville, Cincinnati, Connecticut, North Carolina, and West Virginia.

"I like Louisville," Mayo said. "I like Pitino more than anything though. I like his style. I like how he develops his players."

When asked if the NBA would be a factor straight out of high school, Mayo replied, "No, not really, I want to go to college and get a degree."

Mayo said he sees an advantage in going to college, "I always think that there are little things that college can fix, to get your game ready for the NBA. Especially with Pitino, he's seen the best of both worlds, college and the NBA, so that's the main reason I would like to go to college there."

This information was provided by Evan Daniels, a sophomore at Western Kentucky University. Evan is spending the summer helping InsideTheVille.com.


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