RealGM's Shams Charania is reporting that rising senior Todd Mayo is leaving Marquette to pursue a professional career. Paint Touches, a Marquette basketball blog, is confirming the RealGM report that Mayo is no longer with the Marquette program.
This is a hit for newly hired coach Steve Wojciechowski, but I suspect Mayo's decision may have some relation to the coaching change, though the timing is a bit odd. Mayo was going to be Marquette's leading returning scorer at 11.3 points per game. Perhaps Mayo was worried he wouldn't have as much freedom to shoot with BYU transfer Matt Carlino entering the mix but this is all around puzzling for me. Mayo certainly had an up and down career at Marquette under Buzz Williams who he reportedly clashed with at times.
Steve Wojciechowski said the following via a press release:
"We wish Todd nothing but the best and appreciate his contributions to the program, not only since I arrived at Marquette, but during his entire career. I completely understand his desire to continue his career at the professional level and support his decision."
RealGM quoted Mayo as saying he is "looking forward to the D-League and just learning and getting better." Mayo is also expected to enter his name in the 2015 NBA Draft.