Mayo rises to No. 3 in latest ESPN 150
Heralded 6-foot-4 guard O.J. Mayo (Huntington, W. Va.), a USC signee, moves up two spots to No. 3 overall in the latest ESPN 150, which ranks of the top Class of '07 high school basketball prospects.
Boosted by his 47-point performance against then No. 1 St. Patrick's (N.J.) in a nationally televised game, Mayo moves ahead of talented prospects Kyle Singler (Medford, Ore./South Medford) and Derrick Rose (Chicago/Simeon).
"He is a very mature, tough and absolutely has no fear," says Scouts Inc. national recruiting director Bob Gibbons.
6-9 power forward Michael Beasley (Fitchburg, Mass./Notre Dame), originally ranked as a postgraduate prospect, was reclassified as a high school prospect during the selection process for the McDonald's All-American Game. He will play for the West in that game and enters the ESPN 150 at No. 8.
"Beasley has extraordinary athletic ability and a deft shooting stroke for a 6-9 player," says Gibbons.
Three players jumped into the ESPN 150 -- 6-6 shooting guard and Washington signee Justin Holiday (North Hollywood, Calif./Campbell Hall) moved to No. 134, 6-5 power forward and Boston College signee Corey Raji (Westwood, N.J.) moved to No. 147 and 6-10 center and Pittsburgh signee Gary McGhee (Anderson, Ind.) moved to No. 148.
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