Mayo Is The Center Of Attention At ABCD

Before the NBA imposed a new age limit on draft-eligible players, Cincinnati North College Hill junior-to-be O.J. Mayo, who is regarded by some as the best player in America regardless of class, was not expected to be someone who would spend time in college. However, now that the age limit has been put into place, colleges are starting to turn up the heat. What schools are Mayo interested in? Kyle Lamb has Mayo's latest list as well as his thoughts on the NBA ruling.

There was never any loss for attention for O.J. Mayo. However, now that the NBA has made the minimum age 19 years old, it has just begun.

Wednesday at the Reebok ABCD Camp, Mayo was without qauestion a marked man. He fielded a ton of questions, mostly pertaining to his college interest (or perceived lack thereof).

"I was planning on going to college so this doesn't really effect me," he said of the ruling. "It has definitely picked up since the ruling came into effect. I've received a ton of mail and text messages on my cell phone (from colleges)."

But that doesn't mean he likes it.

"No, I don't really like it. I think it's unfair," Mayo added of the ruling.

Fair or not, the rule is what it is. It means Mayo cannot go directly to the NBA with his high school teammate at Cincinnati North College Hill, Bill Walker.

The 6-4 point guard did, however, leave open other possibilities when asked if college was the only option.

"My options are open," he said. "I'm just going to take my time and look over all my options and see what is best."

If college remains a possibility, he will certainly have his options. Mayo gave a list of schools he is interested in, despite a conspicous absence of two in-state schools-- Cincinnati and Ohio State.

"Florida A&M, Syracuse, U-Conn, Louisville, Texas, Kentucky, North Carolina, and West Virginia," Mayo said.

Beyond that, Mayo indicated proximity to home would be a pretty big factor, but not the only factor involved.

On top of the distance, Mayo makes it pretty clear he would like to play in college with Walker and 6-11 Keenan Ellis-- another member of the Division III state championship team.

"There's a good chance that Bill, Keenan, and I will play together," he said. "We're all real close and we talk a lot about it."

How's that for asking for more attention? It's only just begun.

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