Skylar Mays: 4 things to know about the LSU basketball point guard
BATON ROGUE, Louisiana — Skylar Mays didn't venture too far when he joined the LSU men's basketball team.
The point guard grew up in Baton Rogue, and he played for four seasons at University Laboratory High School, which is on LSU's campus.
The 6-foot-4, 200-pound junior quickly made himself at home with the Tigers, starting 55 of 64 games played with the team during his first two seasons.
Though, there's a lot fans may not know about Mays. Here are four facts about the LSU guard.
Skylar Mays is a SportsCenter Top 10 regular
Mays is no stranger to a highlight reel.
The guard's first appearance on ESPN's top plays came in 2017 after he threw down a 180-degree jam during an LSU win over Michigan.
Mays' high-flying skills earned him a spot at No. 3 on the SportsCenter Top 10 just a few weeks later. That time, he dunked from just inside the free throw line during a victory against UNC-Greensboro.
Mays was lifelong friends with LSU's Wayde Sims, who died in 2018
On Sept. 28, 2018, LSU basketball forward Wayde Sims died after being shot in the head during a fight near Southern University's campus in northern Baton Rogue.
Sims was 20 and would have started his third season with the Tigers just a few weeks later.
Mays met Sims in the first grade. The two played four seasons of high school basketball together, during which they won two state championships.
Mays spoke at a vigil after Sims' death, during which he talked about Sims' contagious smile and the longstanding bond the two had formed.
"Wayde had a great impact on my life personally, and he'll continue to have probably even more of an impact on the way I try to lead my life from now on," Mays said at the vigil.
Mays played for one of the nation's elite basketball high schools
Mays played at University Laboratory from grades 8 to 11, but he changed programs before his senior year.
His new team, the Findlay Prep basketball program in Henderson, Nevada, is one of the country's finest.
The program has produced NBA stars such as Avery Bradley, Tristan Thompson and Kelly Oubre Jr., and its teams have won three GEICO High School Nationals championships in the last 10 years.
Mays averaged 10.9 points and 5.3 assists per game during his one season with the team.
Skylar Mays wants to be a doctor
Both of Mays' parents work in medicine, and someday he hopes to join them.
The junior is majoring in pre-med/kinesiology, with plans to work as a doctor within the sports world.
And Mays has the grades to back up his ambitions, averaging above a 4.0 GPA through at least his first four semesters of college.
The point guard's academics earned him a spot on last year's CoSIDA academic all-district team, an honor given to the nation's top athletes.