With Vander Blue’s decision to leave school early and enter the 2013 NBA Draft, there’s an opportunity for a number of players in the Marquette perimeter rotation to earn more playing time in 2013-14.
One of those candidates is expected to be junior Todd Mayo, but his path to more playing time hit a bump in the road Wednesday as the school announced that he underwent surgery to repair the meniscus in his left knee.
According to Marquette, Mayo is expected to be 100% in time for the start of the 2013-14 season. But instead of spending time in the weight room and on the practice court working to earn an increase in minutes (Mayo averaged 14.1 minutes per game in 2012-13), Mayo will spend his time rehabbing.
The question now is just how far that will put him behind his teammates in the competition for a spot in head coach Buzz Williams’ rotation.
Derrick Wilson and Jake Thomas, who considered transferring earlier this summer before deciding to remain at Marquette, are the other uppeclassmen at the two guard spots with three talented freshmen joining the ranks as well. Duane Wilson, John Dawson and JaJuan Johnson will also compete for minutes, and all three are capable of earning prominent spots in the rotation.
With the influx of talent arriving on campus (don’t forget forwards Deonte Burton and Jameel McKay), as well as returnees such as Jamil Wilson and centers Davante Gardner and Chris Otule, the Golden Eagles should be one of the early favorites in the Big East this season.
Today’s news represents the second consecutive offseason in which Mayo has dealt with a setback of some sort. Last year he was declared academically ineligible just days before Marquette’s scheduled season opener against Ohio State (that game was cancelled), returning to the program in late-December.
The month-plus away from the program resulted in a drop in minutes (Mayo averaged 21.1 mpg as a freshman), with Mayo posting averages of 5.3 points and 1.2 rebounds per game on a team that reached the Elite Eight.
NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) Brandon Sherrod scored 25 points — and set the Division I single-season record for consecutive field goals made — to help Yale beat Columbia 86-72 Friday and take over sole possession of first place in the Ivy League standings.
Justin Sears added 27 points for the Bulldogs (14-5, 5-0), who have won nine in a row, their longest win streak since closing the 1961-62 regular season with nine-straight wins.
Sherrod made his first five field-goal attempts, extending his streak of consecutive field goals made to 30 and breaking the Division I single-season record of 26 straight previously held by Eastern Michigan’s James Thompson and Bowling Green’s Torian Oglesby.
He hadn’t missed a field goal since January 16th.
Two foul shots by Sherrod sparked a 12-0 run by Yale that made it 72-58 with 3:40 left.
The Bulldogs made 14 of 16 free throws in the final three minutes to seal it.
Maodo Lo had 21 points and a career-high seven steals for Columbia (15-7, 4-1), which had its six-game win streak snapped.
As if this season wasn’t going poorly enough for Missouri, the Tigers suspended two players on Friday after the pair received citations for possession of drug paraphernalia.
Forwards Jakeenan Gant and Russell Woods were suspended from the program as a result of the citations, according to a release.
“Student-athletes Jakeenan Gant and Russell Woods were notified earlier today they have been suspended for tomorrow’s game at Alabama, per athletic department policy,” the statement read. “Their status with the program will be reevaluated next week.”
The suspension stems from some terrible luck for the two players, who live with two other people they were randomly assigned in an apartment complex off campus, a source told NBC Sports. One of those two roommates was being investigated by police for a robbery that occurred on December 9th, and when the cops showed up to raid the apartment on January 15th, they found two “marijuana smoking devices” in the bedrooms of each of the players.
The players probably shouldn’t be smoking weed, but that is a tough way to get caught with your marijuana smoking devices.
Missouri has already been banned from the 2016 postseason following an NCAA investigation into violations committed by the program during the 2013-14 season.
Missouri is 1-8 in the SEC and 8-14 on the season.