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?