According to Tim Maymon, the father of former Marquette forward Jeronne Maymon, as reported by Jim Polzin of Madison. com, his son will announce Sunday where his next basketball destination will be after abruptly leaving the MU basketball program on Dec. 14.
While speculation has swirled as to where the former Madison Memorial star will begin the next chapter of his collegiate career, Tim Maymon announced Wednesday morning that the reigning Wisconsin Mr. Basketball has narrowed his choices to four schools: Arkansas, Kansas State, Tennessee and UCLA.
“We’re not doing another Buzz [Williams] issue,” said Maymon, according to Polzin, in regards to his son’s impending decision. “The whole problem with the whole Buzz situation was he didn’t want Jeronne to out-do anybody on that team until his sophomore year. And that shouldn’t matter…You don’t bring a kid in and not use him the way he’s supposed to be used. So now the kid has left the state of Wisconsin as one of the premier players in the state.”
The 6’6”, 250-pound Maymom was averaging 4.0 points, 4.2 rebounds and 16.3 minutes per game in nine games (all as a reserve) for the Golden Eagles when he informed the university of his decision to leave.
According to Tim Maymon, his son’s decision to leave Marquette stemmed from his displeasure in how he was being utilized in the MU offense.
A sentiment echoed by Williams during his first press conference after Maymon’s departure.
“[Jeronne’s family] said that he was unhappy with his role and with our offense and how he was playing,” said Williams on Dec. 17, according to jsonline.com. “I think that he was growing, I think that he was getting better, but they didn’t feel like the progress relative to the pace was working to their satisfaction.”
Upon verbally committing to the Golden Eagles in May 2008, Maymon, according to the Wisconsin State Journal, stated the following as to why he chose to play for MU:
“I chose [Marquette] because I like their style of play and trust their coach. I think he’s going to push me to become a better player and a better person as a whole…They guaranteed me a starting spot. But I know I’m going to have to work just as hard to keep my starting spot when I get there. I know other players are going to want to start and want to be in the spotlight.”
Regardless of where the 18-year-old Madison native declares where he intends to play next, Tim Maymon has made it clear that MU will not be far from his thoughts. “[Marquette] didn’t want to play the game right,” said the elder Maymon, according to Madison.com, “so now we’re going to watch them lose every game. That’s just how it works.”