One thing that stands out with Todd Mayo is he is not just a younger version of his brother O.J. Mayo who has been playing in the NBA for the past six seasons. Todd is his own person and very different basketball player. As someone that didn’t start playing basketball until grade 10, Todd’s route to the professional ranks has been and will follow its own path.
The decision of the Marquette Golden Eagles guard to turn professional after his junior season despite not being an immediate NBA prospect did catch a lot of people by surprise, however, Marquette was going through their own changes by hiring new head coach of Steve Wojciechowski. Despite a tumultuous three seasons under former coach Buzz Williams, Mayo had a comfort level with the relationship and maybe it was just time to move on.
To start Todd Mayo is looking at the NBA D-League to launch his professional career while he prepares for the 2015 NBA Draft.
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“I just felt that when Buzz went as a father figure – he did a lot for me whether it was good or bad – whether it was discipline or just letting me play my game,” Mayo said. “I felt he made me grow as a man and when he left, I just wanted to approach my pro career.”
“The D-League is going to give me a different perspective. (NBA teams) will get to see my game and my personality on and off the court for a whole year. It will prepare me for when the upcoming 2015 (NBA) draft comes.”
“More NBA teams will come and see a D-League game faster than taking a flight 22 hours to go to China or wherever it may be if I was playing overseas.”
“I think I can be a one or a two just because I am so active and can score the ball and shoot. There are a lot more areas I need to improve.”
“In college I always wanted to guard the best player. With a little bit of help from the Development League, it will help me to become a better defender in the NBA. I like to watch Tony Allen sometimes because I feel by watching him you can learn certain things. I feel that I am a pretty good defender, but at the highest level I am just okay right now.”
“I need to learn a lot more. A year’s worth of learning and just understanding the game at the highest level.”
“(I want) the NBA to see a different player – this is Todd Mayo not O.J. Mayo’s little brother. I want to learn a lot more about the game. I started when I was in 10th grade so I still feel like I have a lot more to learn. For me to leave early from school, I feel there are a lot more areas I can get better in and I just want to achieve getting better and staying humble and become a better person on and off the court.”
Mayo averaged 11.3 points on 46.1 percent shooting to go with 2.7 rebounds and 2 assists in 23.8 minutes as a junior last year, so he does have a lot to learn and just maybe the NBA D-League will give him what he needs to progress as a player. The D-League has become a viable option for many young players to develop their game and by this time next year, Todd Mayo should have established that he is not just O.J. Mayo’s little brother.
Todd Mayo is represented by Daniel Hazan. Hazan has been busy lining up interest in his client for the upcoming NBA D-League Draft.