Former University High point guard Skylar Mays became the fifth player to join the LSU basketball program for next season when he signed a national letter of intent Friday.
Mays, a two-time all-state selection who helped the Cubs to back-to-back Class 3A state titles, is playing his senior season at Findlay Prep in Las Vegas.
The 6-foot-3 guard signed his papers Friday with his parents at his side during a ceremony at Findlay Prep.
Mays announced the signing on Twitter with photos with his parents and a tweet that said, “Blessed beyond belief! Signed with @LSUBasketball and officially an LSU Tiger.”
Mays joins former University teammate Wayde Sims, a 6-6 forward, in the LSU fold. Sims, the son of former LSU standout Wayne Sims, signed with the Tigers on Wednesday, the first day of the one-week early signing period.
LSU’s other early signees are guard Kieran Hayward, who is from Sydney, Australia, and guard Branden Jenkins and forward Duop Reath. Jenkins and Reath are teammates at Lee College, a junior college in Baytown, Texas.
Mays first committed to LSU coach Johnny Jones during his sophomore seasons, but decommitted last spring. He them recommitted in August before going off to Findlay Prep.
“I felt like I rushed it the first time,” Mays said this week. “I was just infatuated with the school and didn’t take into consideration the academics and the playing style and how I fit into the system. I was just going to games to enjoy them and didn’t pay attention to the type of offense they were using.
“The second time around, I found out I made the right decision all along. I just had to take a step back and look at what was going on at other schools and make sure I was making the right choice. LSU is the place I feel most comfortable at.”
Mays said he also considered Baylor, UNLV, Oklahoma State, Memphis, California and Stanford.
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