Jump back into your time machine to 2006 / 2007 when OJ Mayo was in high school.  He was such a hyped up prospect, you didn’t think he could miss.  He was attracting record crowds that were even bigger than LeBron James all over the country.  Then something weird happened, he committed to USC.  The second I heard that I thought to myself, he was bought.  It just didn’t make sense to me, why not Memphis State or Ohio St. who were actively recruiting him. USC just made no sense.

First off a college kid with one year only in college, should want to improve his stock as a pro player.  USC was a school, with no history of a successful program . . . still is.  You go to an off the map school, to make that school better.  Something you can’t do in just one season and he was definitely a one year player.

So now fast forward to 2012.  He is in his fourth season for the Memphis Grizzlies. Nearly every year since his first season his per point average has dropped.  He is no longer considered an All Star, he is more of a complimentary player.  He would be that kind of player on any team he joined.  That being said, he’s not a bad player, just not a first option on the floor.

His cards used to be very hot.  You couldn’t get a Mayo autograph for less than $50 his rookie year.  It has steadily declined ever since.  Currently there are a lot on the eBay market, but overall the higher costing autographs are not selling.  The ones that are are currently valued at between $2 – $8.  I feel like that is a solid price for his card.  I think he is going to have a solid 12-13 year career, but never be more than at 12-14 point a night guy.  At $2 – $8, I’m in but anything higher I’m not.  I think he would be a good add to anyone’s collection.

What do you think about OJ Mayo?

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4 responses »

  1. Dave says:

    You are correct in he is a decent player and could be a star on a bad team. I agree one reason you go to an off name program school is being bought but most kids pick a school because of the coach (even though that might not be a good decision). He is a player who peaked early , most likely in 10th or 11th grade. Other guys, Scottie Pippen and Dennis Rodman as eamples, peak later in the careers. Too much is made about hyping high school and earlier players in all sports but I do understand its a big business.

  2. Billy says:

    Love the site! Big OJ Mayo Fan too!

  3. Mike D says:

    I heard this argument on the radio yesterday about a similar situation. OJ Mayo didn’t go to USC because he thought he could have made that program a powerhouse, he went there because Tim Floyd bought him. Just like Calipari bought Anthony Davis for Kentucky and Derrick Rose for Memphis. Mayo likely wasn’t ready for the show because he was always told he was the greatest, then went to the league where everyone is at least that caliber, if not better. It happens a lot with elite high school players – they dominate their age groups, then are told as 19-year-olds that they are the next coming. Some are great (Re: LeBron) and some not so much (Re: Kwame Brown). I think OJ has a lot of talent, but isn’t the end-all, be-all.

  4. Thanks for posting this! I’m another OJ Mayo fan and I’m so glad to have found so much information about him!

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