FG -43% he is 6th on the team and 4th among starters.
He is shooting 37.5% on threes.
Assists - 25 TOs - 38
He has hoisted 33% of his teams FGA, next closest is 14.6%.
My gut tells me he is not letting the game come to him as much as you would like to believe. He is not taking what is available in the context of the offense. He is the focus of the offense.
After watching them play the other night, there's not a doubt in my mind that USC is one of the 15 best teams in America. You can call me crazy but if they can keep Taj Gibson out of foul trouble, they can play with anybody. This team made the Sweet 16 last year without Mayo, Jefferson and Angelo Johnson who all played significant minutes against Memphis. I'm telling you, once they get their late game execution together (which is what pre-conference play is for), this team will be dangerous. And the Pac-10 will have them battle-tested by the time March rolls around. Wait and see...
For the amount of non-warranted grief that Duke kids get, you Duke fans bashing Mayo should be ashamed of yourselves. In fact, now that we mention Duke, I'll say that Mayo's body language on TV looks a lot better than McRoberts' ever did.
Mayo will be on ESPN's E:60 next Tuesday. It looks like a lot of you should probably tune in.
I pretty much agree with everything you're saying ClassOf06 but the problem is that Taj Gibson has, to put it bluntly, sucked this year. I don't know why he isn't playing as well as he did last year and getting in foul trouble every game now. If he can get back to his previous form and stop fouling though then I agree USC is a top 15 team. Even with him being less than great, they played Kansas and Memphis really tough and that's impressive. I suspect this problem will improve by the end of the year and they'll be really dangerous in March.
The only reason that Mayo has been"taken to task" in this thread is for his on-court play. I personally am not sure whether I agree with those criticisms, as I have barely seen him play for USC. Regardless, nobody is talking anything other than offense and defense. Let's not get personal.
"also, your post has little do to with what we are talking about, and frankly I don't even know (or care) who this guy hackett is. no one has any idea what you are talking about...so maybe you should get a clue?"
Person #1 told Person #2 that "no one has any idea what you are talking about (the "fight" between Mayo and Hackett)...so maybe you should get a clue?". In fact, I (and hopefully many others) knew exactly what Person #2 was talking about. I believe the statement "maybe you should get a clue" is just as much an example of "getting personal" as anything I said.
I don't care for Mayo personally. Are you now clear on what I meant?
I don't know about Mayo's D, I've only seen about half of a USC game this year, but I thought this was interesting from ken pomeroy's site
This is the stat of players who take the greatest percentage of their teams shots when they're in the game. Predictably the top 15 or so names are always nobodies, decent players stuck on bad teams, or gunners who are sinking their teams chances. I was curious to see who would be the first "name" to come up, the first player from a big team who took a disproportionate amount of his teams shots when he's on the floor. Given where this is posted, I doubt its hard to guess who it was....
Interestingly, and also somewhat unsurprising, Gerald is the guy who takes the most shots when he's on the floor on our team, and his rate is 85th in the nation...
Not saying its undeserved, but still an interesting stat
this team has 1st or 2nd round upset written all over it and losing to mercer at home simply was a precursor to it.
Its percentages of the shots taken while a player is in the game, not percent of overall shots taken. It basically adjusts for playing time, which is why Taylor King is second on our team in this stat, despite taking less shots than some other players. When he is out there we get him shots
King is actually first on our team, he just doesn't play enough to qualify to be among the national leaders
When he wasn't guarding rose he wasn't playing as hard on defense, in my opinion.
not to mention (and I could be way wrong here, but like I said, I hadn't heard of a fight and my brief research yielded the following) it wasn't really a fight and no one really knows what happened other than the people that were at that practice. the guy got an elbow from mayo during practice, and what I read said it easily could have been accidental. i also didn't hear anything about punches being thrown, people shoving each other, or hackett "fighting" back. the only thing I read said hackett got an elbow from mayo during practice.
usc, missing just 1 player (who was punched out by mayo), losing at home to mercer is nothing short of a train wreck. in the 20+ years i have followed duke basketball closely, i can't think of a single loss that even remotely approaches the utterly shocking and inexplicable nature of the mercer loss. so, yes, the fact that usc, despite all of its hyped players, could lose to mercer at home, in and of itself is reason for me to believe that this team doesn't have what it takes to make it to the final four.