YOUR Marquette Golden Eagles begin the 2011-2012 season against Mount St. Mary's at the Bradley Center in a little over 2 weeks. In the mean time, we at Anonymous Eagle will provide daily player previews for the members of the 2011-2012 Marquette Golden Eagles to familiarize you with our roster. First up on the list is freshman guard Todd Mayo. Mayo, a 6'3" shooting guard, attended Notre Dame Prep in Fitchburg, MA where his team won the National Prep Championship and he averaged 22 points and 6 assists per game. Originally from Huntington, WV, Todd is the younger brother of Memphis Grizzlies guard O.J. Mayo. Mayo committed to Coach Buzz Williams in March 2011 and chose the Golden Eagles over teams like Providence, West Virginia, Memphis, Oklahoma State and Central Florida.
Minimum Expectations: There is little doubt that Mayo has the athletic ability and potential to follow in the footsteps of Wade, McNeal, and Darius Johnson-Odom as a star shooting guard for Marquette. In fact, Mayo's athletic ability was on full display at Marquette Madness as he finished second to DJO in the dunk contest. On a team coming off a deep NCAA tournament run and loaded with talent, athletic ability and potential may not be enough for this freshman to contribute on a regular basis. However, if given opportunities to play in the early part of the season, don't be suprised if he shows flashes of the player we are all expecting him to become.
In My Wildest Dream: He's the second coming of Jerel McNeal. The offensive recruiting report on Mayo sounds very similar to that of Marquette's all-time leading scorer. He's been dubbed a playmaker and has the ability to both shoot the ball from the perimeter and attack the rim which can cause match-up nightmares for opposing teams.
In My Worst Nightmare: In order for Todd Mayo to crack Coach Buzz Williams' rotation he needs to be able to play defense. By all accounts, defense is the area where Mayo needs to most improve. A perceived lack of defensive prowess and the depth at shooting guard on the current roster may result in Mayo having a hard time finding minutes in the regular season rotation as a freshman. The bigger concern would be that he’d have a hard time developing his offensive and defensive skills at the college level and thus never reaching his full potential at Marquette.