Mays remains firm to LSU

LSU commitment Skylar Mays is riding high after winning the 3A state title two weeks ago. TSD caught up with Mays, who spoke about his designs on more championships, advice he's received from a former Tiger and how he'll handle his recruitment going forward.

More than two years from his high school graduation, Skylar Mays may be the youngest commitment to LSU basketball, but the University High point guard continues to prove he's one of the most dynamic players in the state in any class.

Mays (6-3, 180) is fresh off a run to the 3A state championship, helping the Baton Rouge-area Cubs to a 69-64 win over Richwood in the title game. He posted 10 points, seven rebounds, seven assists and three blocks in the finale (teammate Wayde Sims took home Most Outstanding Player honors).

The Class of 2016 point man, after minimal rest, is now setting his sights on a 16U national championship on the Nike Circuit, something he and Sims were able to accomplish with the Red Storm on the 15U level a year ago.

As Mays explained, in his world there is no such thing as getting rusty.

"I've just been getting ready for the summer," Mays told TSD. "I need to get back in the weight room a little bit, though, but other than that I'm just getting ready for summer and trying to get some shots up when I come in."

His 16U Red Storm team came away with a win against the 17U Nike Team Louisiana squad in a scrimmage Saturday. In the aftermath Mays, a professed pass-first point guard, reacted to his group's effort and development.

"We're great. They're lacking a couple of players," explained Mays. "But we're going to be really good. It looks like we can get after it and we're really aggressive. Plus we play above the rim, so we're a pretty athletic team."

The same could be said in many ways about Mays' prep outfit. As far as they're concerned, Mays is confident but trying to remain humble, taking a lesson from a former Cub and LSU Tiger.

"I honestly think we can win it the next two years if we keep our heads level," said Mays. "I actually talked to Garrett Temple, and he was telling me how they won it their sophomore year. Then their junior year they got a little cocky and ended up losing to Lakeview in the semifinals, I believe. We're not trying to do that.

"It's looking ahead, but next year I hope we don't get cocky. We need to just go out there with the same mentality that helped us win a state championship this year."

With all the winning in his rearview, and with what's on deck this summer, Mays expects he'll pick up additional interest from programs around the region and country. While he doesn't mind the attention, Mays maintained his pledge to LSU is firm.

"I committed to LSU, but I figure (the attention) will change once we get into the summer circuit a little bit," acknowledged Mays. "I'm definitely welcoming it, but it's not going to change my decision. It's good getting attention, I guess. It helps you know where you stand against other players around the nation."

One final topic Mays addressed is his height. Not even to his junior season, the maestro with a ball in his hands already stands 6-foot-3, begging the question – Can Mays grow out of being a point guard?

"If I grow any more I hope to be a tall point guard because I'm just pass-first, and I don't think that'll ever change," Mays said matter-of-factly.

Watch him play, even if only for a minute or two, and it's almost impossible to disagree.


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