Former LSU shooting guard Skylar Mays was selected 50th overall in the second round of the 2020 NBA Draft by the Atlanta Hawks Wednesday night.
Mays was a three-time Academic All-American and two-time SEC Scholar Athlete of the Year, graduating from LSU with a 4.0 GPA in pre-med/kinesiology. For his senior season, Mays set career highs in points per game, 16.7, rebounds, 5.0, and assists 3.2. Mays was also LSU’s best free throw shooter, knocking down 85 percent of his attempts. Those numbers helped make Mays a First-Team All-SEC player this past season.
Mays leaves LSU as one of the best, most well rounded Tigers in the program’s history. His name is littered all over the program’s record books:
- T-3rd Games Played (130)
- T-4th Games Started (121)
- 3rd Free Throw Percentage (84.5 percent)
- T-5th Minutes Played (3,965)
- 6th Free Throws Made (404)
- 6th Steals (213)
- 7th Three-Point Field Goals (173)
- 8th Assists (382)
- 10th Points (1,617)
Assuming Mays makes the roster, he will be the fifth former Tiger to be currently playing in the NBA joining Ben Simmons (Philadelphia 76ers), Garrett Temple (Brooklyn Nets), Naz Reid (Minnesota Timberwolves) and Tremont Waters (Boston Celtics).
We here at And the Valley Shook wish a hearty congratulations to Skylar Mays. Medical school can wait, the NBA is calling.