Guard Todd Mayo's sporadic, occasionally troubled career at Marquette came to a close Wednesday.

Mayo, who would have been a senior this season, left the team to pursue a professional basketball career.

The timing of Mayo's departure leaves an already depth-shy, poor-shooting team in a bind. The Golden Eagles currently have only 10 scholarship players, three fewer than the NCAA limit.

Although Mayo was academically ineligible the first semester of his sophomore season, he left the school in good academic standing, Marquette said in a statement.

"We wish Todd nothing but the best and appreciate his contributions to the program, not only since I arrived at Marquette, but during his entire career," coach Steve Wojciechowski said. "I completely understand his desire to continue his career at the professional level and support his decision."

Mayo ran afoul of former coach Buzz Williams on three occasions, but there were no indications that he was not meshing with the new staff.

Mayo was sent home to West Virginia after his freshman season by Williams and told to think about whether he wanted to be a part of the program. At the time, Mayo was clashing with Williams and his teammates.

The following year, Mayo was declared academically ineligible for the first nine games. Williams had a long meeting with Mayo's family before a decision was made that he could return to the team.

And last season, Mayo was suspended for Marquette's loss at Wisconsin because he was late for a practice.

Mayo's maturity level and his commitment to the team seemed to improve a little bit each season, causing Williams to say he had "grown up" by the start of his inconsistent junior year. Except for his benching against the Badgers, Mayo had a trouble-free year and his scoring off the bench was instrumental in two of Marquette's 17 victories last season. He also scored 10 points in the last 34 seconds of a near-upset against No. 4 Villanova.