University High (Baton Rouge) 2016 point guard Skylar Mays did what he normally does on Sunday when he took the floor at the 2014 Combine in the Capital – turn heads, on the floor and off, and make plays.
The cerebral Mays, 6-foot-3 and 180 pounds, has a habit of making the spectacular look routine, so much so that it’s easy to overlook his athletic ability. Well, during Combine testing, the three-star former LSU commit alleviated any concerns in that area.
On consecutive attempts Mays recorded max verticals of 37.5 and 39 inches while also netting a 30-inch standing vertical. For good measure he showed off his hops during the dunk contest, too.
He’s seen things pick up on the recruiting side as well during the current open period. Mays now reports offers from LSU, UNLV, Tulsa, Tulane, Mississippi State and Southeastern (La.). Other schools he’s receiving interest from include Vanderbilt, Oklahoma State, Notre Dame, Wake Forest, Davidson and Arkansas.
Still, as Mays explained, the time hasn’t come yet for him to put too much of his focus on a decision.
“Every day I’m getting closer to the point where I’m going to make my decision on where to go to college. It’s getting more and more (important), but I’m not thinking about it too much,” he said. “I’m trying to focus on what I can control – taking care of what I do in the classroom, staying on top of my books and getting better on and off the court, as a person and as a player.”
As for where things stand with LSU, Mays originally told TSD upon his decommitment in June that he’d “rather second guess now than later.” Several months later there’s still plenty of interest from the player in the hometown university. He even received a surprise visit from LSU head coach Johnny Jones on Wednesday.
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On a related note, literally, while Mays is on track to play major college basketball, he has a younger sibling, Spencer, who the older brother says has a chance to be special in his own right. All that means is two years after Skylar has departed the U-High program, college coaches will be returning to the same gym to make pitches to Spencer, a freshman for the Cubs this season.
“He’s a different type of player,” the older Mays mused. “I don’t even think he knows what position he is. I honestly think he’s a point guard because when I watch him play, he sees kinda what I see. I guess when I’m playing I can kinda see something developing before it happens, and he can see it – probably not as well as I can, I don’t mean to boast – but he can see a lot of stuff that I can see. He’s got a very mature game. He’s a skinny kid. He’s about 6-2, 150, but the doctor says he’s supposed to grow up to be about 6-7. So he’ll be a tall guy, but I think he’ll be an extremely tall point guard rather than a shooting guard type of player just based off his maturity and the way he plays.”