Marquette shooting guard Todd Mayo will be reinstated to the basketball team, as first reported by Mark Miller.
Mayo was suspended indefinitely from all team activities, announced on June 28, for undisclosed reasons. He will rejoin the team, but it is unknown whether that begins immediately or when the team returns in late August for classes.
The 22-year-old sophomore averaged 7.7 points in 21.1 minutes per game last season. He went through a shooting lull midway through his freshman season, but regained his stroke come NCAA Tournament time, making two 3-pointers in each of Marquette’s three tournament games.
Mayo’s return comes at an important time for the Golden Eagles, who lost Darius Johnson-Odom and Jae Crowder to the NBA Draft in June. Marquette’s two seniors made 138 of 201 of the team’s 3-pointers (68.6 percent) last season.
Marquette also lost incoming junior college guard T.J. Taylor, who left the team for personal reasons after just two weeks on campus. The 6-foot-3 sophomore was expected to fill the void left by Johnson-Odom, acting as a combo guard in 2012-2013.
With Mayo back, here is a look at what former Marquette assistant Aki Collins had to say about Mayo’s freshman year and future, exclusive to Paint Touches:
“I think Todd had a little bit of the same thing happen to him that happened to Derrick (Wilson). He realized that there were guys around him that could score. He takes great pride in his defense, but offensively, when he started struggling shooting the jumper, I think he wanted to focus on defense solely and not worry about his offense,” Collins said. “It was a great thing because it kept him on the floor, and the only way you can start making shots is if you’re on the floor. And as you see, when we got to the Tournament he started knocking down shots, and his defense stayed on par with what he had been doing all year.”
“He has a bright future in the game; still doesn’t realize how good he can be. He takes it really seriously, but he has to take the next step in his development,” Collins said.” And now people are going to be focusing on him. So you still have to play defense the way you are, but now some of those shots that Darius took, you’re going to have to take up some of them. Not all of them, but two or three more of those shots are coming to you and you have to be able to knock them down at a high rate.”
“He shoots the ball the same way every time. He has a stepback jumper that is really high-level basketball. But I think what gets overlooked at times is he has a really good mid-range game. He can make shots from different angles. The shot he made against Wisconsin, we talked about Derrick going into the game at a really high level, Todd had some huge plays in that game,” Collins said. “Todd has a chance to be really good.”