Former LSU G Skylar Mays selected by Atlanta Hawks in second round of 2020 NBA Draft

Former LSU G Skylar Mays selected by Atlanta Hawks in second round of 2020 NBA Draft
LSU guard Skylar Mays (4) (Source: Josh Auzenne/WAFB-TV)

BATON ROUGE, La. (WAFB) - Former LSU guard Skylar Mays has been selected No. 50 overall by the Atlanta Hawks in the 2020 NBA Draft.

The 6-foot-4, 205-pound Baton Rouge native played in 130 games in four years for the Tigers, starting 121 of those. He scored 1,617 points, dished 382 assists, and recorded 213 steals during his career.

He averaged 16.7 points (tied for 8th in SEC), 5.0 rebounds, and 3.2 assists during his senior season.

“He’s going to go in there and work and do what he does,” said LSU head coach Will Wade. “He told me he has to report early next week and it’s just going to be right into it. Very excited about him getting drafted. He worked for it. He earned every bit of it.”

Analysts describe him as having nice size for a combo guard, a good all-around athlete, and an aggressive slasher who embraces contact, takes the ball strong to the rim, and can play above the rim in space.

They said he is an unselfish player 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. They added he is a heady guard who picks and chooses his spots well.

AWARDS & HONORS:

  • SEC McWhorter Award winner as top scholar-athlete award
  • CoSIDA Basketball Academic All-America of the Year, 2020
  • CoSIDA First Team Academic All-America, 2020
  • CoSIDA First Team Academic All-America, 2019
  • CoSIDA Second Team Academic All-America, 2018
  • SEC Scholar Athlete of the Year, 2020
  • SEC Scholar Athlete of the Year, 2019
  • Jesse Owens Student GPA Award, LSU Black Faculty/Staff Caucus, 2019
  • Jesse Owens Student GPA Award, LSU Black Faculty/Staff Caucus, 2018
  • All-SEC First Team, 2020
  • All-SEC Second Team, 2019
  • SEC Academic Honor Roll, 2020
  • SEC Academic Honor Roll, 2019
  • SEC Academic Honor Roll, 2018

Mays played his freshman through junior years at U-High in Baton Rouge. He transferred to Findlay Prep in Nevada for his senior season.

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