"I just think it's a great opportunity," Mayo, a native of West Virginia who now plays high school ball in Cincinnati, said on Thursday. "USC is a great campus; they have great alumni and I think it will be easy to get players out there for help. L.A. is a great town and it's a pro city."
Later, at his press conference, Mayo didn't answer any questions about colleges, making the event pretty anticlimactic.
In the third installment of our five-part series, the Herald News examines how a bidding war between Nike and Reebok for Mayo's services is likely to emerge as he approaches the 2008 NBA Draft. Experts say Mayo could command $5-10 million per year on the sneaker deal, but $20-25 million when you factor in all of his potential endorsements. Meanwhile, Steve Politi of The Star-Ledger wrote a column examining the competition between USA Basketball and the sneaker camps to attract the best talent, and how the sneaker camps are winning.
Art Stapleton of The Record wrote a feature on Rutgers coach Fred Hill and Seton Hall coach Bobby Gonzalez and how they are approaching the summer recruiting period in their first year as coaches. Jerry Carino of the Courier News profiles Idris Hilliard of The Hun School and Hamidu Rahman, who are being courted by the two NJ state schools.