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Wolves draft Mayo with third pick in 2008 NBA Draft

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By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

The Minnesota Timberwolves drafted guard O.J. Mayo as the third overall pick in the 2008 NBA Draft. He played college basketball with the USC Trojans.

The 6-foot-4, 200-pound shooting guard played one season with the Trojans. He averaged 20.7 points, 4.5 rebounds, 3.3 assists, 1.5 steals, and 0.4 blocks in 33 games, including 32 starts. He averaged 36.8 minutes per game.

USC Trojans star O.J. Mayo talks to head coach Tim Floyd on the sidelines during the semifinals of the 2008 Pacific Life Pac-10 Men's Basketball Tournament Day Three against the UCLA Bruins
O.J. Mayo talks to head coach Tim Floyd on the sidelines during the semifinals of the 2008 Pacific Life Pac-10 Men’s Basketball Tournament Day Three against the UCLA Bruins (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)

The Huntington, West Virginia native was a finalist for the Wooden Award. He also was second in the Pac-10 Conference with 20.7 points per game average.

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California’s Ryan Anderson was the leader with 21.1 points per game average. He also led the conference with 697 points on the season. He was first in field goals in the conference with 237.

He also was first in field goal attempts with 536.

Mayo is joining a team that went 22-60 during the 2007-08 season. The Timberwolves were 32 games behind the Northwest Division-leading Utah Jazz, who had a 54-28 record.

Minnesota averaged 95.6 points per game. They were the fourth-worst in the Western Conference, as only the Los Angeles Clippers (93.8), San Antonio Spurs (95.4), and the Portland Trail Blazers (95.4) averaged fewer points per contest.

Mayo joins a Timberwolves team that had Rashad McCants, Marko Jarić, and Greg Buckner as shooting guards this past season. McCants was the team’s second-leading scorer behind Al Jefferson with 14.9 points per game average.

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This was the Timberwolves’ first third-overall pick since 1992. With their previous third overall pick, Minnesota drafted Christian Laettner.

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Anthony Caruso III
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Anthony Caruso III is the Publisher of The Capital Sports Report. He has been in the sports journalism field since 2002 and has covered numerous high-profile events, including 12 Heisman Trophy ceremonies.
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