The Marquette Golden Eagles lost one of their veterans on Wednesday as senior guard Todd Mayo announced he was leaving to program to pursue a professional career.
Mayo, the younger brother of Milwaukee Bucks guard O.J. Mayo, averaged 11.3 points, 2.8 rebounds and two assists in 23.8 minutes last season, working exclusively as a sixth man while shooting .461/.333/.814.
“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,” Marquette coach Steve Wojciechowski said in a university press release. “I completely understand his desire to continue his career at the professional level and support his decision.”
Mayo was a three-year letter winner for the Golden Eagles and averaged 8.4 points and 2.3 rebounds in his 88 career games, playing 20.2 minutes per game. He shot .425/.319/.793 during his Marquette career.
Mayo scored a career-high 26 points in a loss at Providence on March 4 and scored at least 20 points five times in his career. The game against the Friars also marked his only career double-double, as he also grabbed a career-high 11 rebounds. He twice canned four 3-pointers in a game, Dec. 17, 2011, as a freshman against Northern Colorado and in the March 4 game at Providence.
While the school said Mayo leaves in good academic standing, he was academically ineligible for the first semester of his sophomore season and was suspended for last season’s game at Wisconsin for breaking a team rule. The Golden Eagles lost to the Badgers 70-64.
Mayo’s departure leaves the Golden Eagles without their top four scorers from a season ago, with sophomore Deonte Burton, who averaged 6.9 points per game last season, now their leading returning scorer.
However, graduate transfer Matt Carlino averaged 13.7 points and 4.3 assists per game for a BYU team that reached the NCAA tournament last season and is immediately eligible to play for Marquette this season.