Head coach Buzz Williams made things public by saying that Mayo is out indefinitely and will not be able to practice or play.
The Golden Eagles’ are just days away from beginning the 2012-13 season, as a tough test against Ohio State is looming on Friday. The game will take place off the shore of Charleston, South Carolina as part of the 2012 Carrier Classic.
Mayo, who is the younger brother of NBA star O.J. Mayo, was set on preparing for his second year at Marquette after averaging 7.9 points and 2.7 rebounds per game a year ago.
As Marquette prepares to move forward without star performers Darius Johnson-Odom and Jae Crowder, the expectations for the Golden Eagles remain up in the air. With that being said, Williams has continuously pushed Marquette above and beyond what many expect from them in the preseason.
Mayo was widely-expected to be amongst those who could help fill the voids and emerge on the court. While Marquette still has plenty to work with, their shouldn’t be much doubt that this loss, especially given its timing, is a huge blow for the Golden Eagles.
With Monday’s news there is no timetable for Mayo’s return and it remains unclear with the reports emerging when the 6-foot-3 West Virginia-native will take the court again.
Crowder and Johnson-Odom combined to average 35.8 points per game last season and while you can now throw Mayo’s numbers from a season ago into the mix, Williams faces the daunting task of replacing over 40 points worth of offense as a date with the Buckeyes looms.
Paul Seaver is the College Basketball Network Manager at Rant Sports. You can follow him on Twitter: @TheArenaPulse