Mayo leaving MU to seek professional career

Marquette guard Todd Mayo announced on Wednesday evening he will be foregoing his senior campaign to pursue a professional career either in the NBA Developmental League, or abroad. The university confirmed Mayo’s departure in a press release. “We wish Todd nothing but the best and appreciate his contributions to the program, not only since I arrived at Marquette, but

during his entire career,” head coach Steve Wojciechowski said in the press release. “I completely understand his desire to continue his career at the professional level and support his decision.”

Although Mayo’s decision may be seen with skepticism, his absence leaves the Golden Eagles with only 10 scholarship players for the 2014-15 season. This includes Indiana transfer Luke Fischer, who is ineligible to play for the Golden Eagles until December, per NCAA transfer rules.

The somewhat controversial guard had a tumultuous three years at Marquette and was suspended several times for academic reasons, including the first 10 games of the 2012-13 season. But the university revealed that Mayo left the school in good academic standing.

Mayo was in line to be the starting shooting guard for the Golden Eagles and was coming off of his best season, during which he shot 46 percent from the floor and averaged 11.3 points per game.

Despite his inconsistencies as a shooter, Mayo would have been Marquette’s top option heading into the upcoming season. A 26-point explosion against Providence and a game-winning 3-point shot on the road against Georgetown were some of his top highlights. He finished what would be his final season in Milwaukee with three consecutive 20-point outings.

This should be the last domino to fall for Wojciechowski’s squad. The Golden Eagles were forced to reload after losing several members from former coach Buzz Williams’ 2013-14 recruiting class.

It is doubtful that Mayo will join an NBA roster right away, but he did announce that he will enter into the 2015 NBA Draft next summer.

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