OVINTON J\'ANTHONY "O. J." MAYO (born November 5, 1987) is an
American professional basketball player. He played one season of
college basketball for the USC Trojans while earning first-team
All-Pac-10 honors. The team forfeited all of its wins that season and
Mayo lost his remaining three years of National Collegiate Athletic
Association (NCAA) eligibility after it was ruled he received improper
benefits. Mayo entered the 2008
NBA draft and was selected by the
Minnesota Timberwolves with the third overall pick. He was later
traded to the
Memphis Grizzlies , with whom he played four seasons. In
2011, he tested positive for a banned steroid and was suspended by the
NBA for 10 games. Mayo signed with the
Dallas Mavericks in 2012, and
then with the
Milwaukee Bucks in 2013. On July 1, 2016, Mayo was
dismissed from the NBA for violating the league's anti-drug program.
* 1 High school career
* 1.1 Awards and honors
* 2 College career
* 2.1 College statistics
* 2.2 Improper benefits and rules violation
* 3 Professional career
Memphis Grizzlies (2008–2012)
Dallas Mavericks (2012–2013)
Milwaukee Bucks (2013–2016)
* 3.4 League ban
* 4 NBA career statistics
* 4.1 Regular season
* 4.2 Playoffs
* 5 Personal life
* 6 See also
* 7 References
* 8 External links
HIGH SCHOOL CAREER
Mayo began playing high school basketball at Rose Hill Christian High
Ashland, Kentucky . In Kentucky, grade schoolers can play
high school basketball, and Mayo averaged 23.1 points for Rose Hill's
varsity team while in 7th grade. In eight grade he was just turning 18
and he tallied 20.5 points per game and was named a first-team
all-state player by the Louisville Courier-Journal. Mayo then moved to
Cincinnati to live with his club team coach Dwaine Barnes.
(Mayo referred to him as his "grandfather" but the two aren't
related.) Mayo enrolled at
North College Hill High School in April
Cincinnati Enquirer and local television stations sent
reporters to cover Mayo's first day of school at NCH.
Mayo was selected as Mr.
Ohio for the second
consecutive season, in addition to being named Associated Press
Division III Player of the Year for the second consecutive season. He
averaged nearly 29 points, nine rebounds, and six assists per game. He
also led his team to three consecutive AP poll titles and garnered
much attention from the media, appearing in the pages of Sports
Illustrated among other publications. Much like another high school
St. Vincent–St. Mary High School ),
LeBron James ,
Mayo drew large enough crowds to force his team into seeking larger
venues to support the growing crowds, and often attracted National
Basketball Association stars such as James and
Carmelo Anthony to
watch his games playing for the D-1 Greyhounds.
In February 2006, Mayo attracted the largest crowd to ever see a high
school game in
Ohio when 16,202 fans watched North
College Hill fall to the nation's number one rated team, Oak Hill
Academy . Mayo had been considered a lock to make the leap straight
from high school to the NBA, but the Collective Bargaining Agreement
between the NBA and its players instituted a rule that a player must
be at least a year out of high school before he can enter the NBA,
effectively curtailing those plans. On July 5, 2006, it was reported
ESPN that he would attend USC . On July 8, however, WSAZ-TV
reported that USC was only one of three colleges that Mayo was
considering: the other two being
Kansas State University
Kansas State University and the
University of Florida
University of Florida .
Mayo enrolled at Huntington High School in Huntington, West Virginia
for the 2006–07 school year. He formally committed to USC in
In January 2007, Mayo allegedly assaulted referee Mike Lazo after
being ejected from a Huntington High game vs. Capital High School at
Charleston Civic Center
Charleston Civic Center . According to
West Virginia Secondary
School Activities Commission rules, Mayo was suspended for two games.
However, due to allegations supported by video evidence that Lazo had
overreacted and faked the incident, a temporary restraining order was
signed by Cabell County Circuit Court Judge Dan O'Hanlan, temporarily
lifting the suspensions on Mayo and five other players suspended due
to incidents at that game. However, shortly after, the restraining
order was nullified and Mayo was suspended for three games, a
punishment that Mayo described as "fair".
On March 9, 2007, Mayo and three other men were cited by the Cabell
County Sheriff's Dept. for misdemeanor simple possession of marijuana.
Officers found the cannabis in a car in which Mayo was a passenger
and, since no one claimed possession, all occupants were ticketed.
Charges against Mayo were dropped on March 12, 2007 after one of the
other passengers in the vehicle took responsibility for the marijuana.
AWARDS AND HONORS
Mayo was selected by the
West Virginia Sports Writers Association as
the 2007 recipient of the Bill Evans Award for the state's boys
basketball player of the year. Mayo led the state in scoring for the
2006–2007 season at 28.4 points per game. Runner-up in the voting
was teammate Patrick Patterson .
On March 17, 2007, Mayo led Huntington High School to its third
consecutive Class AAA basketball championship in the state of West
Virginia with 103–61 rout of South Charleston. Mayo finished with a
triple-double: 41 points, 10 rebounds, and 11 assists. In his final
moments with a minute left in the game, Mayo threw the ball off the
backboard from the free-throw line, caught it in midair, and dunked.
He then threw the ball deep into the stands and held up three fingers,
a reference to Huntington High's three-straight basketball state
He graduated in May 2007 and signed a letter of intent to enroll at
USC. He scored a 29 on the ACT , placing him in the 95th percentile
O. J. Mayo
O. J. Mayo playing for USC in a game against
UCLA 's Russell
Mayo had given Kansas State a soft verbal commitment to play for
them, but retracted it when head coach
Bob Huggins announced he would
take the same position at West Virginia. Frank Martin , by whom Mayo
was recruited, was named head coach. Former teammate at North College
Hill High School Bill Walker opted to stay and play for Martin.
Mayo enrolled at the
University of Southern California
University of Southern California in the summer
of 2007, taking two classes. While waiting for the season to begin, he
played pickup basketball against NBA players such as
Kobe Bryant , Sam
Kevin Garnett ,
Mike Dunleavy, Jr.
Mike Dunleavy, Jr. ,
D. J. Augustin
D. J. Augustin , Jason
Adam Morrison , and
J. J. Redick .
Mayo earned All-Pac-10 first team honors. In the 2008 Pacific-10
Basketball Tournament , the Trojans lost to
Kevin Love and
Russell Westbrook , in the semi-finals. Both
Mayo and Love were selected to the All-Pac-10 tournament team. In his
NCAA Tournament debut with the Trojans, Mayo scored 20 points as USC
was beaten by Kansas State and freshman
Michael Beasley and old high
school teammate Bill Walker.
Mayo did not return for his sophomore season, opting to instead enter
the 2008 NBA draft.
IMPROPER BENEFITS AND RULES VIOLATION
On May 11, 2008,
ESPN.com reported that a former "confidant", Louis
Johnson, revealed on ESPN's TV show
Outside the Lines
Outside the Lines that Mayo
received numerous gifts in violation of NCAA rules. The report states
that Mayo received the gifts from
Rodney Guillory before and during
his tenure at USC. Guillory is said to have received the money from
Bill Duffy Associates Sports Management (BDA). On May 2, 2008,
Mayo cut ties with BDA. He then hired
Leon Rose to be his agent.
In April 2009, the NCAA combined its investigations of Mayo and
former running back
Reggie Bush into a single probe of the Trojans'
On January 3, 2010, USC announced that it had determined Mayo was
ineligible for the 2007–2008 season because he received improper
benefits, and had thus forfeited his amateur status before ever
playing a game for USC. As a result, USC vacated all 21 of its wins
from the 2007–08 season, dropping its record to 0–12. A vacated
game does not count as a win for the other team, but is officially
treated as having never happened. USC also withdrew from postseason
consideration (including the Pac-10 conference tournament) for the
MEMPHIS GRIZZLIES (2008–2012)
Mayo during his rookie season in 2008.
On June 26, 2008,
O. J. Mayo
O. J. Mayo was selected 3rd overall in the 2008 NBA
draft by the
Minnesota Timberwolves . Later that day, he was traded to
Memphis Grizzlies , along with
Marko Jarić ,
Antoine Walker , and
Greg Buckner , swapping them for the 5th overall pick
Kevin Love ,
Mike Miller ,
Brian Cardinal , and
Jason Collins . Mayo was a part of
the Select Team that helped get the U.S. national team ready for the
2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing. In his
NBA Summer League
NBA Summer League debut, Mayo
had 15 points to lead the Grizzlies to an 88–75 win over the New
Orleans Hornets . During his rookie season, Mayo scored 30 or more
points seven times. Mayo was the runner-up for the 2008–09 NBA
Rookie of the Year Award , finishing second behind
Chicago Bulls point
Derrick Rose .
In his sophomore season, on November 1, 2009, O.J. Mayo scored a
career high 40 points against the
Denver Nuggets on 17 of 25 shooting.
Mayo was late for a game-day shootaround and was taken out of the
starting lineup starting November 20, 2010. On a return flight to
Memphis from Los Angeles, Mayo was involved in a fight with teammate
Tony Allen over a debt from an in-flight card game. On January 27,
the NBA suspended Mayo for 10 games following a positive test for the
steroid dehydroepiandrosterone (DHEA) , which violates the league's
anti-drug program. Mayo blamed an over the counter supplement that he
didn't know was banned by the NBA for the positive test, but he
declined to say which supplement he used. He later said an unnamed
energy drink he bought at a gas station contained the banned
Despite playing in all 66 games of the shortened 2011–12 season,
Mayo did not start in any games for the Grizzlies, playing as a sixth
man . When he was asked if being a reserve hurt his value, he
answered: "I would say so, I would probably say so. What do you
DALLAS MAVERICKS (2012–2013)
The Grizzlies did not sign a qualifying offer sheet for Mayo, making
him an unrestricted free agent . On July 19, Mayo officially signed
with the Mavericks.
On December 8, Mayo tied his career-high of 40 points in a game
Houston Rockets . Two days later, he tied a career high of
playing 52 minutes in a double-overtime loss to the Boston Celtics. In
his first game against his former team, Mayo scored only 10 points on
27% shooting. On December 28, 2012, Mayo had a career high of 5 steals
Denver Nuggets . On March 6, Mayo recorded a new career
high of 12 assists against the
Houston Rockets . After Nowitzki, the
Mavericks' all-time leading scorer, returned, Mayo saw his scoring
average dip. Mayo said, "I'm a scorer and can shoot the ball a little
bit, but I like to be a playmaker. I like to try to take what the
defense gives you and not just concentrate on scoring the ball. Find
Mayo finished the season with averages of 15.3 points, 4.4 assists
and 3.5 rebounds while playing a team-high 35.5 minutes per game. His
production dropped considerably after the All-Star break , when star
player Nowitzki re-emerged after missing the first 27 games. On April
18, 2013, he announced he would decline the player option on his
contract for the following season and become a free agent.
MILWAUKEE BUCKS (2013–2016)
On July 13, 2013, Mayo signed a three-year, $24 million contract with
Milwaukee Bucks . The signing was essentially a trade of
starting shooting guards, as
Monta Ellis departed Milwaukee to sign
On October 30, 2013, in his Bucks debut, Mayo recorded 13 points and
5 rebounds in a loss to the
New York Knicks
New York Knicks . Mayo later missed time
during the 2013–14 season due to issues with his conditioning as he
appeared in a career-low 52 games.
Mayo bounced back for the Bucks in 2014–15, recording seven 20-plus
point games on the season. In Game 4 of the Bucks' first round
playoff match-up against the
Chicago Bulls , Mayo scored 18 points and
hit a clutch three-pointer with 1:42 left in the game to give the
Bucks a six-point lead.
On November 19, 2015, Mayo made his season debut for the Bucks after
missing the first 11 games of the season due to a strained right
hamstring he suffered in the final preseason game. On December 5, he
had a season-best game after coach
Jason Kidd started him at point
guard, largely due to the Bucks being down on point guards due to
injury. In 35 minutes of action, he recorded 17 points and 5 assists
in a 106–91 win over the New York Knicks. On February 9, 2016, he
returned to action against the Boston Celtics after missing 11 games
with a left hamstring injury. On March 10, he was ruled out for the
rest of the season after he suffered a fractured right ankle.
On July 1, 2016, Mayo was dismissed from the NBA for a drug
violation. He is eligible for reinstatement in 2018.
NBA CAREER STATISTICS
Minutes per game
Field goal percentage
3-point field goal percentage
Free throw percentage
Rebounds per game
Assists per game
Steals per game
Blocks per game
Points per game
His parents are Alisa Mayo and Kenneth Maurice Ziegler. Mayo did not
live with his father while growing up. Ziegler was charged on December
23, 2010 with attempted murder after he hit a police officer with his
car in Huntington, West Virginia.
Mayo's half-brother, Todd, played basketball for the Marquette Golden
Eagles. He was selected by the
Westchester Knicks in the 2014 NBA
Development League Draft and played for them until being waived on
January 28, 2015.
Basketball Association portal
2006 high school boys basketball All-Americans
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