Originally posted on Fox Sports Wisconsin  |  Last updated 11/29/11
MILWAUKEE -- Ladies and gentlemen, meet Todd Mayo. Better known to some as younger brother of O.J. Mayo, the 6-foot-3 guard from Huntington, W.V. was a highly-touted recruit out of Notre Dame Prep and Monday night, in the Golden Eagles' 88-56 victory over Jacksonville, Mayo showed Marquette nation a glimpse of what could be. In 15 minutes of work off the bench, Mayo scored 14 points on 4-of-6 shooting and was five-for-six from the free-throw line, adding an assist and a steal to his line. Through six games, Mayo is the team's fourth-leading scorer, with 8.8 points per game, and is shooting 50 percent from the field and 43 percent (7 of 16) from beyond the arc. "Another threat," said senior Jae Crowder. "He's a guy who can really do anything on the bounce. He's big for our offense and that's the type of guy Buzz recruits. He's come a long way defensively and he's caught on well. He's another threat for us, on offense and defense." Mayo's offense has drawn most of the attention thus far but it's his defense that has left Williams especially impressed at this point in the season. One of Williams' first options off the bench, Mayo has often found himself facing the opponent's best offensive player, quite the challenge for a freshman but one Mayo has thus far handled well. "(He's) done an outstanding job of playing him before the catch, holding him scoreless and sometimes holding him without even getting a touch," Williams said. For a freshman, Mayo has shown plenty of poise. Confidence wasn't an issue for him when he arrived on campus. But tempering that confidence and earning the trust and respect of his teammates, as with any freshman, is something that has taken time. "I had to earn it in practice and in other ways but I had the confidence that I could come in and be a threat," Mayo said. With just six games to his credit, Mayo doesn't claim to have it all figured out and admitted that adjusting from high school to prep school to the collegiate game -- especially Williams' style and system -- has been a process. "It was stressful at first but I had to get used to it," Mayo said. "I had to figure out my role and just stick to what I do best and that's keep scoring the ball and defend and learn more every day in practice. "I think I'm doing OK, I feel like I can do better. I'm going to continue to do better." Mayo came to Milwaukee after averaging 22 points and six assists on a Notre Dame Prep team that won the National Prep Championship game in 2010-11. He was the leading scorer during the tournament, averaging 28.3 points in three games while his squad finished the season 33-4. Mayo was considered the cream of the late signing period crop and chose Marquette in April, passing on opportunities with major programs like West Virginia, Kansas, Maryland and Oklahoma State. At the time, Williams said Mayo was a "perfect fit" for his system and today, with just a handful of games under his belt, the head coach sees a bright future for his young guard. "As he continues to progress and our team continues to grow, I do think that he'll have a distinct niche not just offensively, but I think he gets into a rhythm defensively as much as he does offensively."
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