Todd Mayo recently decided to leave Marquette University, and it was reported last Wednesday that he would be pursuing a career in the NBA's Developmental League.
The 6-foot-3 guard averaged 11.3 points and 3.4 rebounds a game while playing for the Golden Eagles, and had his fair share of ups and downs while at the school. Had Mayo stayed, he would have been one of the leaders on the team under new head coach, Steve Wojciechowski.
There are a lot of reasons why he left the university, but Daniel Hazan, Mayo's agent, gave Big East Coast Bias some comments about the departure of Mayo leaving Marquette to pursue a professional basketball career.
The main reason Mayo left, or at least played a huge roll, was former head coach Buzz Williams' departure according to Hazan. Mayo had a really good relationship with Buzz even though he had struggles.
"The departure of a father figure like coach Buzz [Williams] really took a toll on him," said Hazan. "Additionally, he really felt like it was time to start his pro career."
Mayo does have a nice skill set and could be a good guard in the league. He is looking for a new start, and this is the right route to go in.
At Marquette, Todd and Buzz did have a somewhat rocky relationship. One thing that Williams wanted to do was educate Todd on and off the floor, his agent told Big East Coast Bias. Mayo did have some problems, and Williams was trying to help him become a better person in life.
Even though Mayo will not be at Marquette, he will still get his degree and do some online classes. He has expressed gratitude for his time there, and that it will always be home to him, according to his agent.
Mayo does have some goals in mind. His agent told Big East Coast that his goals are to listen and to learn. Also, he said Mayo wants to be the hardest working player in the NBA D-League to prepare for the 2015 NBA Draft, should everything go well.