Thursday, July 06, 2006


Word is Bond!

Who would have thought that two guys named Bill and OJ would mean more to the Trojan community. The "Kings of Cali," Reggie Bush and Matt Leinart, have moved on, and, as of July 5th, Prep superstar OJ Mayo verbally agreed to attend USC in the fall of 2007. That's right, the Fall.... of 2007. Why is this a big deal? Well, first, because OJ Mayo is the biggest name to lace up on the high school hardcourt not named LeBron James or Greg Oden. He's a star. A "can't miss." And he is the type of player to turn a football town into a basketball haven before he even steps foot on the court. The likes of Brian Scalabrine, Paul Westphal, and Sam Clancy have all been top recruits for the program in the past. (Though, the women's program has more impressive names hanging from their rafters: Lisa Leslie, Cynthia Cooper, and Cheryl Miller. Who would win if those three all got together and played 3-on-3? The answer: David Stern)

Along with OJ Mayo would come his best friend and literal "out of the gym" leaper, Bill Walker. Bill Walker himself has been highly touted as a top 10 recruit. These two players can change the face of the USC program just like Greg Oden and the "Thad Five" will in 2006 for Ohio State.

I know that while I write this in the back of my mind a "verbal commitment" is just like going out to an expensive dinner, having a nice time, but not being physically attracted to the person. Then you have to either bite the bullet and give 'em the old, "you're really nice, but..." or take the road more frequently traveld and promise to call them the next day. It means nothing! So, is OJ Mayo trying to get out of the awkward goodbye, or is he really ready to wear the same "cardianl and gold" that the 'great red head' Scalabrine once called his own? Many think he's going to stick to his word and play ball at USC, however I do recall his "word" once exciting Bob Huggins fans when he said that he and Bill Walker were going to lace up wherever Bob Huggins lands. But, as they say in the streets: "Thy word is bond!"

(The next Lebron?) (A Loooong Tradition)

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