Skylar
Mays
Position: SG
Height/Weight: 6-4 / 205 lbs
School/Club: LSU
Status: Senior
Birthday: 09/05/1997

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About Skylar Mays

Skylar Mays is a polished guard with a well-rounded offensive game who has scored efficiently in a variety of roles over his four seasons at LSU.  Widely regarded as one of the top-100 prospects in the high school class of 2016 following his senior year at Findlay Prep (NV), Mays returned to his native Baton Rouge to play at LSU.  Emerging as a starter as a freshman but improving steadily over his four seasons with the program, he earned multiple Academic All-American nods ahead of his senior year under Head Coach Will Wade. 

Averaging 16.7 points, 5.0 rebounds, and 3.2 assists while positioning the Tigers for an NCAA Tournament berth, Mays earned All-SEC 1st Team honors and was named COSIDA Academic All-America of the Year.

  • Standing 6-foot-4 with a solid 205-pound frame and good length, Mays has nice size for a combo guard.  A good all-around athlete, he is an aggressive slasher who embraces contact, takes the ball strong to the rim, and can play above the rim in space.
     
  • Spending time operating both on and off the ball as a senior, Mays is an unselfish players with a steady demeanor who can contribute with his ability to make set shots, put pressure on the rim changing pace as a slasher, and find the open man off the dribble.  A heady guard who picks and chooses his spots well, he is not overly dynamic with the ball but knows how to create space and use his frame to get to spots.
     
  • Proving to be a competitive, instinctual defender throughout his career, Mays is quick to get in the passing lanes and does not give up many easy opportunities one-on-one.

Defensive Analysis

  • A competitive defender with good timing, Mays is not especially long or overly quick, but makes a consistent effort to contain the ball. He allowed 0.77 points per one-on-one possession [47th percentile] as he is tough at the point of attack.
     
  • Chipping in on the glass and showing nice anticipation in the passing lanes, Mays has a nose for the ball but has room to get to spots a bit earlier when closing out.

Career Highlights

  • Top-10 finalist for the 2019-20 Jerry West Award, which recognizes the NCAA’s top shooting guard.
  • 2019-20 All-SEC First Team selection.
  • 2018-19 All-SEC Second Team choice as a junior.
  • First player in LSU history to record 1,600 points, 400 rebounds, 300 assists and 200 steals.
  • 2019-20 COSIDA Academic All-American Player of the Year.
  • Three-time Academic All-American and two-time SEC Scholar-Athlete of the Year.


Senior (2019-20)

  • Averaged 16.7 points (tied for eighth in SEC), 5.0 rebounds, 3.2 assists and 1.77 steals (fourth in SEC).
  • Shot career highs of 49.1 percent from the field and 39.4 percent from 3-point range.
  • Scored at least 20 points in five of his last nine games.
  • Helped the Tigers finish 21-10 overall and tied for second place in the SEC at 12-6.
  • Tied his career high with 30 points and added eight assists, seven rebounds and three steals at No. 11 Auburn (Feb. 8).

Strengths

  • Skilled combo guard with impressive strength.
  • Relies on power and offensive craft off the bounce.
  • Capable three-point shooter with good mechanics.
  • Has great defensive instincts and intangibles.

Personal

  • Graduated summa cum laude with a degree in kinesiology.
  • Wants to be a doctor. Both parents work in medicine.
  • His favorite pro basketball player is LeBron James.
  • Hs favorite non-basketball athlete is Tom Brady.

Quotable

“He’s going to make a great doctor and I’d let him operate on me, but he’s going to have a 10- to 12-year NBA career first.”

-LSU coach Will Wade