Other Mayo highlights
On staying at USC for just one year: "I don't really like to think ahead like that. When you're looking ahead, something can hit you in the chest. I just take everything as it comes and if I feel my year was successful enough, then maybe so."
On marketing himself in L.A.: "It's a marketing world out there. It's a good opportunity to meet a lot of business people and learn how they do things."
On playing in the McDonald's game: "Here, there are no egos because everyone's the same. Everyone's the man of their town and state. You can drop your guard and be comfortable."
Tourney Trash Talk
With this year's McDonald's All-Americans arriving throughout the day on Saturday, one of the first things they were able to do together was watch the Georgetown-North Carolina regional final on Sunday night.
As the Hoyas made their furious run to win the game in overtime, two All-Americans in particular were going crazy. The Georgetown-bound duo of St. John's (Washington, D.C.) point guard Chris Wright and DeMatha (Hyattsville, Md.) shooting guard Austin Freeman were cheering as if they were heading to the Final Four.
"Me and Austin were jumping up and down with every basket," Wright said.
With Georgetown now facing Ohio State on Saturday, Wright, Freeman and others started some playful trash talk with GlenOak (Canton, Ohio) center and Buckeyes signee Kosta Koufos. "Everyone's been giving me a hard time about Ohio State losing to Georgetown," Koufos said. "And I'm just like, 'You know what? We'll see.'"
With Lake Oswego (Ore.) center Kevin Love's college of choice, UCLA, still alive, he couldn't resist taking a few jabs at future Pac-10 rival O.J. Mayo, whose USC Trojans were bounced in the Sweet 16. And he started the minute he saw him this week.
"It's funny because when my family and I had a layover in Cincinnati, and we were going to come to Louisville, [Mayo] hopped right on the bus that took us to our plane," Love said. "And I was like, 'What's up O.J.? What happened to your boys? You see that UCLA's still in it, right?' "But it's all in good fun."
On the girls' side, Tennessee recruits Kelley Cain of St. Pius X (Atlanta), Angie Bjorklund of University (Spokane, Wash.) and Vicki Baugh of Sacramento (Sacramento, Calif.) were thrilled with their team's run. Rutgers signee Khadijah Rushdan of St. Elizabeth (Wilmington, Del.) was loving her team's trip to the Final Four, while LSU-bound Tyra White of Hickman Mills (Kansas City, Mo.) saw her Tigers upset UConn in the regional finals.