Tim Floyd Drives a Cressida
I'm sure the basketblogosphere is going to be ablaze today with people talking about today's New York Times article on O.J. Mayo. If you haven't had a chance to read it yet, it's basically USC coach Tim Floyd's telling of how Mayo came to be a Trojan signee. Floyd had not recruited Mayo at all, thinking he had no chance to land one of the most talked about high school players of all time, and out of the blue, he declares he wants to go to USC. Mayo has been hyped up since he was in middle school and has often been referred to as "the next Lebron." Personally, I think Mayo has as much of a chance to be the next Sebastian Telfair as the next Lebron James, but we will have to see. At any rate, anyone with even a passing interest in "amateur" hoops or college basketball recruiting needs to read this article. For the first half, I was thinking it was totally on some X-Files shit, with this mystery man showing up in Floyd's office talking outlandish, but then I realized that a different television show was probably a much more apt reference point for what's going on here.
To bring your attention back to the NCAA Tournament, Floyd's USC team returns to the court this Friday night, coming off an impressive performance against another teen hoops prodigy Kevin Durant (who's actually younger than Mayo), facing Tyler Hansbrough and the University of North Carolina Tar Heels. He better hope that his team fares better than that other band of ancient heroes, the Spartans.