Todd Mayo has decided to leave the Marquette program to pursue a professional basketball career either overseas or in the NBA D-League, multiple sources have confirmed.
“I’m looking forward to the D-League and just learning and getting better,” Mayo told RealGM, who first reported the story. Later on, Mayo confirmed the reports himself via his Twitter account.
Marquette released a press statement on its athletics website, in which head coach Steve Wojciechowski added, “We wish Todd nothing but the best and appreciate his contributions to the program, not only since I arrived at Marquette, but during his entire career. I completely understand his desire to continue his career at the professional level and support his decision.”
Mayo averaged 11.3 points and 2.7 rebounds during his junior season, and was expected to step into a go-to role for his upcoming senior year. Although known for his talented skill-set and ability to hit clutch shots, Mayo’s enigmatic image is left permanently stained by his frustrating inconsistency on the floor and distracting off-the-court issues. After a promising freshman season in which the shooting guard posted averages of 7.9 points and 21.1 minutes, Mayo stumbled into an academic suspension during his sophomore year and eventually lost the trust of former head coach Buzz Williams, building a rift between the two that negatively affected Mayo’s minutes and production. Although Mayo posted a much more fruitful junior season, his inconsistent play and rift with Williams remained, despite at suppressed levels, evident by his one-game suspension for missing practice, inexplicable bench role behind the (arguably) less-talented Jake Thomas, and, after Williams’ departure, multiple interviews suggesting relief, whether done so out of positivity or spite.
Although it’s an unexpected report to most Marquette fans, including outlets such as ourselves, ESPN’s Jeff Goodman twice suggested that Mayo’s departure seemed imminent, almost to obvious levels.
In the above tweet, Goodman hints that Mayo was in limbo between staying or leaving. The next series of tweets is a short conversation between Goodman and college basketball expert David Harten.
Harten’s absolutely correct in his first assertion about Carlino’s role increasing, but Goodman’s response (and Harten’s thereafter) hints that the addition of Carlino was meant to replace Mayo once he finally announced his departure. It’s a logical argument, considering that the guard position was already filled with talent and competition upon Carlino’s transferring to Marquette, and I certainly wouldn’t want to deny neither Goodman nor Harten’s inside information. Meddling with trivial matters, however, proves itself useless once one realizes its lack of leverage and substance. To provide valuable information, it’s best we start analyzing implications rather than frivolous details no longer holding significance.
Mayo’s abrupt departure…
1) …thieves Marquette of a dynamic scorer and veteran guard.
With Davante Gardner, Jamil Wilson, Jake Thomas, and now Mayo no longer donning blue and gold, Marquette enters the season without its four top scorers. The lead returner in points, Deonte Burton, undisputedly possesses the talent to lead the team in scoring, and even contend for Big East Player of the Year, but nonetheless, he only averaged 7.9 points per game last year. The current crop of guards includes Derrick Wilson, Duane Wilson, John Dawson, Jajuan Johnson, and Matt Carlino — all of whom except Derrick were either pinned to bench roles, sat out the season, or weren’t even playing for Marquette.
2) …relieves them of a locker room issue and expands the roles of our young talents in Duane Wilson, Jajuan Johnson, John Dawson, and others, as well as our new transfers.
Considering Mayo’s apparent attitude issues, it should be refreshing for players to quit themselves from his presence both on and off the floor. It’s exciting to finally allow our young talent and impact transfers to step into leadership roles.
3) …leaves Marquette with one open scholarship for this upcoming season, two for 2015-16, and three for 2016-17.
This season’s empty scholarship is unlikely to be filled. Possessing two for 2015-16 is intriguing, however, as it finally allows Diamond Stone and Henry Ellenson to commit to Marquette without any further issues with tuition.
(Kidding. But if you’re one to assume Ellenson will take one of the 2015-16 schollies, it allows Wojo to bring in another talented high schooler or transfer or whatever to add to an already-talented recruiting class.)
As of now, the upcoming season’s roster looks like:
PG: Carlino, Derrick, Dawson
SG: JJJ, Duane
SF: Burton, Cohen
PF: Taylor, Anderson
C: Fischer (only eligible for second semester)
Unexperienced and short, yet incredibly talented, and possessing the potential for a wide range of finishes. We’ve (hopefully) done a fine overview here on the implications of Mayo’s departure, so more analysis on the current roster shall be left for another day. Best of luck to Mayo, and even better luck to our own team without his scoring ability. Oh, and one more thing:
JAJUAN JOHNSON HAS BEEN FREED! VIVA JJJ!
Sorry, I had to.
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