West Coast Swing: OJ Mayo Set to Turn Pro

John LewisSenior Writer IApril 10, 2008

There must be something in the water out on the West Coast as it's been reported that Kevin Love and Darren Collison are set to turn pro, and USC's O.J. Mayo is ready to join them as well.

Mayo has garnered much praise in his only season, mostly for his maturity and shooting range. Now he says he's ready to take his game to the next level. 

So what can we expect from the man they call O.J.?

This sure to be lottery pick has a lot of tools in his 6'5" frame. Scouts like his scoring instinct and his ability to create shots with either hand. He's a coachable player, with a high basketball IQ.

The 20-year-old from Huntington, West Virginia is compared to Chauncey Billups and should be able to play multiple positions. Some say that USC relied to heavily on Mayo, but he did end up averaging just over 20 points per game.

With all these strengths he does have a few things to work on as the NBA draft nears. 

Mayo is said to be stuck between a point guard and shooting guard and at times makes poor decisions with the basketball. Scouts feel as though he doesn't get to the free throw line enough as well. 

Poor shot selection may keep him from playing the shooting guard early in his career.

Still, Mayo may be one of the most NBA-ready players leaving college early.

We'll see when next season arrives.