Before Monday’s morning workout point guard Skylar Mays and his parents came to see University High boys basketball coach Joe Spencer.
“All I really knew was that Skylar had gone on an unofficial visit to UNLV,” Spencer said.
Mays soon told Spencer and the U-High team of his plans to transfer to Las Vegas-based national power Findlay Prep for his senior season. The 6-foot-3 Mays was a four-year starter who helped the Cubs win the past two Class 3A state titles.
“There’s no other coach in Louisiana I’d rather play for (than Joe Spencer), but I feel like this is a good move for me,” Mays said. “I enjoyed playing for coach Spencer. He taught me so much about the game. I enjoyed winning with my (U-High) teammates.
“(The move to Findlay Prep) will help prepare me for college because I’ll be responsible for myself and will have to be on my own. It’s important for me to learn that.”
Mays averaged 9.1 points, 8.1 and 3.2 rebounds last spring for UHS. He earned Class 3A all-state honors the past two seasons. He also set and then tied the LHSAA’s Top 28 tournament’s 3A record for most assists in two games with 17 over the last two years.
Mays is the second top Louisiana senior-to-be who has transferred to Findlay within the pst three years. St. Augustine’s Craig Victor went to Findlay for his senior season in 2013-14, signed with Arizona and has transferred to LSU, where he’ll be eligible in January.
“Skylar has always been a great student and great kid to have in our program,” Spencer said. “We wish him all the best. He’s just a great kid. He spoke with the team and I think they understand what his situation is.
“I reminded them our goals still remain the same. (Mays) didn’t play with us last weekend at the LSU (team) camp. Marshall Graves ran the point and did great job and we finished first. We may do (the point guard role) by committee.”
Also in line to play the point guard role is Mays’ younger brother, Spencer, a sophomore-to-be.
Mays committed in February 2014 to play at LSU, but reopened his recruitment process this past summer.
A three-star recruit according to Rivals.com, Mays said he has offers from 15 colleges. Rivals.com says the schools that have offered Mays include LSU, Memphis, Mississippi State, Ole Miss, SMU, Tulane and others. He said he has no plans to commit in the near future and declined to list a group of finalists.
“Right now I see myself signing next spring,” Mays said. “I want to take my time with the decision this time. When I commit, it’ll be to the school I’m going to.”
When asked about the allure of playing for Findlay Prep, Mays stressed the challenge.
“It’s a top-10 nationally program and they play a lot of the top teams,” Mays said. “That can only help make you better.”