By: Terrill J. Weil
Da Boot Sports!
Very exciting news for myself and all LSU fans as last night the Atlanta Hawks drafted Skylar Mays in the 2nd round, (50th overall), in the 2020 NBA Draft. Congratulations Skylar!
NBA.com/Atlanta website posted:
Mays, a 6’4 guard, averaged 16.7 points, 5.0 rebounds, 3.2 assists and 1.8 steals in 31 games (all starts) en route to an All-SEC First Team selection as a senior in 2019-20. A native of Baton Rouge, La., Mays became the first player in LSU history to record at least 1,600 points, 400 rebounds, 300 assists and 200 steals.
“We had Skylar ranked a lot higher (than No. 50),” Schlenk said of Mays. “A four-year guy, an extremely smart basketball player, a very good body, a combo guard, a high basketball IQ, skilled player. We were excited when he was there because, like I said, we had him ranked much higher than that.”
A summa cum laude graduate with a degree in kinesiology, Mays was the 2019-20 COSIDA Academic All-American Player of the Year, a three-time Academic All-American and a two-time SEC Scholar-Athlete of the Year.
It was reported that Mays watched the draft at home with several family and friends. After the Hawks selected him, ESPN analyst Jay Bilas called him, "Ridiculously smart ... He's a complete guard. Just the fact that he is mature, he knows how to play and will play on both ends of the floor. A really impressive young man."
Atlanta is not only getting a superb and electric basketball player, but an incredible person who comes from a wonderful family. For four years this young man has represented the LSU basketball program with class, dazzling us with his high level of play and leadership on the court, as well as his impressive accomplishments in the class room. Skylar Mays is a true American role model for all...
Below is a Q & A that I did with Mays right after the end of the 2019-20 season... Enjoy...
Q&A with Da Boot Sports: