Originally an early entry candidate for the 2007 NBA Draft before withdrawing his name from consideration. Participated in the 2007 NBA Pre-Draft Camp in Orlando, Fla.
Career Highlights: As a senior, helped Clemson reach the ACC Tournament championship game as well as the NCAA Tournament. Was a key component in leading Clemson to a 17-0 start in 2006-07. Ranks in Clemson’s top 10 all-time for both steals and blocks per game.
Senior (2007-08): Fought through a rash of injuries to finish second on the team in rebounds per game, third in steals, while posting a double-digit scoring average. Named to the ACC-All Tournament Second Team after helping the Tigers reach the title game. Led Clemson in rebounding 10 times. Recorded a career-high six steals in a season-opening win against Furman. Tallied a season-high 20 points in a comeback, road win at Maryland. Suffered a broken hand against North Carolina but still produced nine points, eight rebounds, four steals and two blocks.
Junior (2006-07): Enjoyed a breakout season as a junior, posting career-bests in points (12.2 ppg), assists (2.7 apg) and steals (1.9 spg); also averaged 6.4 rebounds. Set Clemson single-season records for assists (95) and steals (69) for a frontcourt player. Posted eight double-digit rebounding efforts and seven point-rebound double-doubles. Exemplified his balanced play with an 18-point, nine-rebound, four-assist, five-steal, two-block effort against Monmouth.
Sophomore (2005-06): Started all 11 games in which he appeared. (Mays was ruled academically ineligible for the second semester). The Tigers posted an 11-0 mark with Mays, and managed just an 8-13 record in his stead. Averaged 9.2 points and a career-best 7.6 rebounds. Posted 19 points and seven rebounds against South Carolina.
Freshman (2004-05): Showed flashes of his potential in limited action, starting in eight of 32 games in which he appeared. Averaged 4.3 points and better than one steal per game.
Strengths: Athletic forward known for his hard-nosed play on both ends of the floor. Impacts the game in a big way both defensively and on the glass. Displays excellent passing ability from the low-post.
Personal: Son of Hardrick Mays, a former collegiate basketball player at Shaw University. Averaged 20-plus points and 15-plus rebounds en route to garnering a McDonald’s All-America nomination while a senior at Garner High School.