When Skylar Mays visited UNLV in June, he wasn’t able to get a true sense of the campus due to ongoing construction and renovation, not to mention the madness of the university’s graduation ceremonies. Fortunately for the Class of 2016 point guard, he’ll have plenty of opportunities to tour the facilities over the next year.
Shortly after his unofficial visit, the Louisiana native announced he was transferring to Findlay Prep in nearby Henderson. It was a convenient turn of events for one of the Rebels’ top recruiting targets, and one that should allow both parties to become very familiar with each other.
“Once I get to Findlay, I’ll be in Vegas, so I’ll be able to visit UNLV more frequently,” Mays said on Saturday morning after playing in the Las Vegas Fab 48 at Bishop Gorman.
Mays put on a show on Saturday, leading his Mo Williams Elite team to a resounding victory as UNLV head coach Dave Rice and assistant Ryan Miller watched from the front row. The 6-foot-5 Mays used his herky-jerky dribbling style to blow past defenders with ease, and he showed great elevation on back-to-back dunks in the second half.
After the game, Mays said he doesn’t plan to commit until the late signing period in the spring of 2016. That should give Rice ample time to work his recruiting magic as Mays plays just down the road at Findlay Prep.
As it stands, Mays said UNLV is one of the schools pursuing him most aggressively, with Rice and assistant Todd Simon handling most of the communication. But he stressed it’s still early in the process.
“I’m wide open right now,” he said. “UNLV is definitely standing out. Baylor is standing out. But no schools I’m leaning toward over the others.”
For now, Mays is excited to get started at Findlay Prep, where he hopes to refine his defense and his outside shooting in hopes of making himself more college-ready.
“Once [Findlay Prep] approached me, I talked with my parents and we looked into it,” he said, “and it’s a great opportunity to play for a national championship, compete against D-I guys every day and play with D-I guys every day. It’s only going to make me better.”