Originally posted on Fox Sports Wisconsin  |  Last updated 12/18/12
MILWAUKEE -- The Marquette University men's basketball team should know more about the status of sophomore guard Todd Mayo in the next 24 hours, as grades from the first semester are set to be posted at 5 p.m. Tuesday evening. Ruled academically ineligible on Nov. 5, Mayo has practiced the past two days with the Golden Eagles, a positive sign for his potential return. Though his status hasn't been decided yet, Marquette head coach Buzz Williams plans to meet with Mayo and his parents Wednesday afternoon. "I don't have any games in mind relative to what we are going to do from this point forward," Williams said of a potential set date of Mayo's return. "I think my responsibility above all else is to help these kids grow as people. I think my second responsibility is to put them in the best position to earn a degree. I think my third responsibility is to help them to become the best player that they can be. Number one and number two have to be figured out relative to me, our team, Todd, Todd's family. Once we figure out one and two that will help us figure out three better." The 6-foot-3 guard and brother of Dallas Mavericks guard O.J. Mayo averaged 7.9 points and 2.7 rebounds in 21.1 minutes per game as a freshman in 2011-12. Mayo was expected to play a much bigger role this season, and his ineligibility was a big blow to the Golden Eagles. Mayo was suspended during the summer for an undisclosed reason, but he was reinstated in August. At media day in October, Mayo reveled the cause of his suspension was to better grow his relationship with Williams. His teammates were certainly glad to see Mayo back at practice. Forward Jamil Wilson says he's seen Mayo mature through the trying process. "It's good to see him around, it's good to have him back," Wilson said. "What he brings to the team, he's excited. He's just waiting until it all plays out. It's good to have him around." Mayo's return would be a giant shot in the arm for the Golden Eagles with Big East play right around the corner. Behind starters Junior Cadougan and Vander Blue, MU lacks guard depth. Trent Lockett has started at small forward, leaving Derrick Wilson, Jake Thomas and freshman Jamal Ferguson off the bench. Though Wilson will continue to back up Cadougan at point guard, Mayo would certainly be an upgrade off the bench at the shooting guard position, bringing a scoring punch off the bench. Will this be it? Wednesday's meeting with UW-Green Bay happens to be the first road game for Marquette in the 11-game history of the series. It also is the final game of the three-game contract between the two schools. The contract called for two home games for the Golden Eagles and this year's game to be played at the Resch Center in Green Bay. Now the question is will Marquette look to extend the deal with the Phoenix, who are led by former Golden Eagles guard Brian Wardle? "Is it the right thing to do, or the wrong thing to do? I don't know," Williams said. "I have great respect for Coach Wardle, what he's done as a head coach and what he's meant to this institution as a player. Is it the right thing going forward? The truthful answer to that is what league are we playing in, and how is that going to impact our nonconference schedule?" Green Bay was picked to finish third in the Horizon League but has stumbled to a 3-7 start. Williams said he's been on Green Bay's side of things before and knows that the Phoenix's record is directly impacted by playing seven of their first 10 games away from home. Also struggling is Green Bay's 7-foot-1 center Alec Brown. Considered by many NBA scouts as a potential high first-round draft pick, Brown is averaging 10.8 points and 6.6 rebounds per game while shooting only 32.7 percent from the field. Last season, Brown scored 22 points, grabbed 14 rebounds and blocked five shots in Marquette's 79-61 victory. "He just ran circles around Davante (Gardner)," Williams said. "He's as skilled of a guy outside of the lane as he is inside of the lane. Really good passer, can put it on the floor. There's been more NBA teams that have come to see him than any of our guys." With a win Wednesday, Marquette would go 2-0 against two of the Division I schools in the state. Last year the Golden Eagles were the kings of the state, sweeping all three state schools, but this season they didn't face UW-Milwaukee. Follow Andrew Gruman on Twitter.
GET THE YARDBARKER APP:
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

Greg Jennings: Ryan Tannehill has had his hands tied by coaches

Josh McDaniels 'happy' with Pats but wants to be a head coach again

WATCH: Jim Harbaugh in cleats throws out first pitch at Cubs game

Why Rickie Fowler will win the PGA Championship

Warren Sapp bitten on arm by shark

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Fitzpatrick, Jets agree to one-year deal

Baker considering removing Papelbon from closer role?

Greg Hardy struggling to find work, reportedly even in CFL

Jets players told not to discuss Ryan Fitzpatrick situation

Brock Lesnar won't be punished by WWE for UFC drug test

Report: Cowboys to be fined up to $250K for suspended players

Report: Ravens WR Mike Wallace failed conditioning test

WATCH: Kobe Bryant drives Ferrari around Italian racetrack

Terrelle Pryor shouts out Ohio State after ban ends

Justin Timberlake advocates for Memphis to join Big 12

Poll: Las Vegas residents don’t support public funds for NFL stadium

Conor McGregor talks trash to Nate Diaz on ‘Conan’

We asked Team USA: What other Olympic sport would you play?

Real Madrid can’t train at Norwegian school because of the kids

Newspaper uses Michael Jordan ‘crying face’ as image

Equipment manager Blake Griffin punched no longer works for Clippers

Report: Nicks signing one-year deal with Saints

Reds 'picking up the pace' on Jay Bruce trade talks

All Sports News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
the YARDBARKER app
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

We asked Team USA: What other Olympic sport would you play?

Why Gary Bettman's CTE denial is cause for concern for NHL

WATCH: Inside the Nike SNKRS BOX in SF for Golden Air Celebration

WATCH: Five other uniforms Chris Sale should cut up

QUIZ: Name every Olympic event in which the USA has never won a gold medal

Five U.S. Olympians favored to win multiple gold medals

WATCH: What teams should join the Big 12?

One Gotta Go: Do NBA players really love NBA2K?

One Gotta Go: NBA players hate Facebook too

One Gotta Go: NBA players settle the fast food beef

Today's Best Stuff
For Publishers
Company Info
Help
Follow Yardbarker