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Husky Men's Basketball

The latest news and analysis on Husky men's hoops.

July 1, 2008 at 9:07 AM

Is O.J. Mayo the next Brandon Roy?

Well, that’s not exactly what Gregg Doyel of Sportsline.com is saying in this column.
But he does compare the two to make a point that he thinks Mayo will be the best player to come out of this draft, as Roy is becoming the best player out of the draft of 2006. While admitting that their games are quite different, both players, Doyel says, have the ability to get better as the game around them gets better, so he thinks Mayo will make the same quick transition to the NBA that Roy did.
Obviously, time will provide the best evidence.
In quickly reviewing their stats for their final seasons of college, I was actually a little surprised they turned out to be so similar. Here are Roy’s, and here are Mayo’s — Roy averaged 20.2 points, 5.6 rebounds and 4.1 assists per game while Mayo aveaged 20.7, 4.5 and 3.3. The biggest difference might have been turnovers (75 for Roy, 117 for Mayo) which could be argued was in part due to experience — Mayo played just one year of college ball while that was year four for Roy.

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