Former Lottery Pick OJ Mayo Signs With Chinese Club

Former NBA lottery pick and guard/forward O.J. Mayo is signing with the Liaoning Flying Leopards of the Chinese Basketball Association, as relayed by Alberto De Roa of HoopsHype.OJ Mayo, Liaoning Flying Leopards, CBA

Mayo, 36, is 6-foot-5 and still considered one of the greatest high school players of all time. He attended three high schools in the early-2000s — Rose Hill (Ky.) Christian, North College Hill (Ohio) and Huntington (W.Va.) Prep.

After playing college basketball at USC for the 2007-08, Mayo was selected by the Minnesota Timberwolves with the No. 3 overall pick in the 2008 NBA Draft. Later that day, Mayo was the primary piece in a trade with the Memphis Grizzlies that sent power forward Kevin Love to the Minnesota Timberwolves.

Mayo played in the NBA from 2008-16 with the Grizzlies, Dallas Mavericks and Milwaukee Bucks, compiling career averages of 13.8 points, 3.1 rebounds and 2.9 assists, shooting 37 percent from the field and 32 percent on 3-pointers. He averaged a career-high 18.5 points and played in all 82 games as a rookie.

Since leaving the NBA, Mayo has had a strong career overseas, with stops in Puerto Rico, China, Taiwan, Russia and Egypt. This is his second stint with Liaoning, for which he also played in 2021-22.

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