The more details that emerge regarding Morehead State guard Demario Mayfield's late-May arrest, the more certain it seems the ex-Charlotte star's basketball career is over.
In a story pegged to Mayfield's indictment on charges he conspired with another man to commit armed robbery, the Charlotte Observer provides details of how police caught the 6-foot-6 wing.
Police followed Mayfield and former Georgia football player Ricardo James Crawford as they made a sharp turn into an Athens neighborhood vulnerable for burglaries because college students who live there were home for summer break. The car shut off its headlights and parked in an alley behind some apartments.
Once officers approached the car, they witnessed a scene that makes it fairly apparent what Mayfield and Crawford had planned. They found a clown mask by Mayfield's feet, a furry mask by Crawford's feet, two pairs of latex gloves, a gun wedged between Mayfield's leg and the seat and a second handgun in a bag along with a magazine loaded with 9-millimeter bullets.
The arrest of Mayfield likely represents the end of a career marked by poor decisions and squandered second chances.
Mayfield, Georgia's Class AAAA player of the year in 2009, originally signed with Georgia but left in search of more playing time after appearing in 18 games and averaging 6.4 minutes per game his freshman year. He averaged more than 11 points per game after transferring to Charlotte, but he was suspended three times before coach Alan Major finally dismissed him for the team for good for an undisclosed violation of team rules.
Most schools wouldn't take a chance on Mayfield even though he was leading Charlotte in scoring at the time of his dismissal, but Morehead State coach Sean Woods felt he was worth the risk.
“DeMario will bring a lot to the table for us," Woods told OVCball.net in May. "He already has three years of high-level Division I experience, which will certainly help our program. DeMario is a great shooter and passer. He is also mature, athletic and will fit our up-and-down style well."
Morehead State has yet to release a statement regarding the arrest of Mayfield, but it would be a huge surprise to see him ever don an Eagles uniform. More likely, this arrest will mark the end of his tumultuous college hoops career.