USC's Mayo Headed To NBA Draft

LOS ANGELES (AP) - O.J. Mayo is leaving Southern California after one season to enter the NBA draft.

The decision was confirmed last night by a school spokesman.

Mayo, a Huntington (W.Va.) native, plans to hire an agent, which would prevent him from returning to the Trojans.

The freshman guard signaled his intentions by wearing socks with the NBA logo in USC's 80-67 loss to Kansas State in the first round of the NCAA tournament.

Mayo helped the Trojans to a 21-12 record, giving them back-to-back 20-win seasons for the first time since 2001-2002. Their wins included an upset of crosstown-rival UCLA.

Mayo averaged 20.7 points and 4.5 rebounds, and set freshman school records for points in a season with 684 and 3-pointers with 88.

The previous year, Mayo led Huntington High School to its third straight Class Triple-A championship title and was named West Virginia's boys basketball player of the year.

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