Package Deal

O.J. Mayo, the No. 1 rated sophomore player in the country, still has West Virginia on his list. Mayo, a 6-4 point guard, has said that he and teammates Bill Walker (No. 5 rated/6-6/F) and Keenan Ellis (No. 11 rated/6-10/PF) are a package deal.

The three juniors-to-be at North College Hill High (Cincinnati) changed their entire recruitment with a Three Musketeers mindset. It's all for one, and one for all, so it remains to be seen if WVU coach John Beilein would be willing to take on all three.

Mayo is a perfect fit for WVU's offense, and said he would be willing to play within that style.

"Hey, just because I like to have some free style there, it doesn't mean that we can't do it a little differently," Mayo said. "Like, when you have a backdoor cut, instead of a bounce pass it could be a lob (for a dunk)."

Walker also said that West Virginia was on his list, but that there were no front-runners yet. Ellis has not listed West Virginia, but noted that he would likely go where Mayo and Walker went.

The three players, considered NBA-caliber, were watched by West Virginia's John Beilein, Cincinnati's Bob Huggins, Indiana's Mike Davis, Pitt assistants and the crowds of more than 1,000 that packed every inch of floor space in WVU's Student Recreation Center.

Their AAU team, the D-I Greyhounds, didn't disappoint, beating two teams by a combined 169-92. Walker led all scorers with 47 points in the two wins, more than half coming on alley-oops and one-handed dunks that awed.

No team could keep pace with Mayo, who scored 37 points while showing his trademark poise and athleticism. Ellis, who needs to add weight to play inside collegiately, dominated the blocks.



Bill Walker, Keenan Ellis and O.J. Mayo (first, third and fourth from left)

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