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Travis Cortez Mays (born June 19, 1968 in Ocala, Florida) is an American former professional basketball player who was selected by the Sacramento Kings in the 1st round (14th overall pick) of the 1990 NBA Draft. Image File history File links Broom_icon. ... Image File history File links Question_book-3. ... is the 170th day of the year (171st in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1968 (MCMLXVIII) was a leap year starting on Monday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Nickname: Location of Ocala, Florida Coordinates: , Country United States State Florida County Marion County Area  - City  38. ... This article is about the sport. ... The Sacramento Kings are a professional basketball team based in Sacramento, California. ... 1990 NBA Draft - 27 June 1990 - New York City, New York Derrick Coleman 1. ...

Mays went to Vanguard High School where he was a scholastic All-America standout, and he then proceeded to play ball and study at University of Texas 1986-1990, where he earned a B.A. in psychology. Mays and teammates Lance Blanks and Joey Wright were known as the "BMW The Ultimate Scoring Machine" during the 1989-90 basketball season. That Longhorn team advanced to the Elite Eight in the 1990 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament. Travis Mays ranks second in UT men's basketball all-time scoring (2,279 points) and also is second in Southwest Conference all-time scoring. Mays' career scoring average was 18.4 ppg. He scored in double-figures in 100 of 124 career games, and is the only UT men's player in history to score more than 700 points in a season; he did that with 743 points as a junior and 772 as a senior. Mays helped lead Texas to the 1990 Final Eight, scoring 24.1 ppg. Address 7 Northwest 28th Street City Ocala, Florida Established 1969 Type Public secondary Principal David Ellers Enrollment 1743[1] Students Coeducational Grades 9 - 12 Accreditation Florida State Department of Education District Marion County School Board Mascot Knight Colors Red, White, and Blue Website Link Vanguard High School is one of... The University of Texas System comprises fifteen educational institutions in Texas, of which nine are general academic universities, and six are health institutions. ... Lance Blanks (born September 9, 1966, in Del Rio, Texas) is an American former professional basketball player who was selected by the Detroit Pistons in the 1st round (26th overall) of the 1990 NBA Draft. ... Joey Wright is a former professional basketball player and current head coach of the Australian NBL team the Brisbane Bullets. ... The playoff term Elite Eight has been popularized to refer to the final eight teams in the NCAA Division I Basketball Tournament, who play in the final game of each of the tournaments four regional brackets. ... The 1990 NCAA Mens Division I Basketball Tournament involved 64 schools playing in single-elimination play to determine the national champion of mens NCAA Division I college basketball. ...

During his rookie campaign for the Kings, He was named to the NBA All-Rookie Second Team, averaging 14.3 ppg in 64 games during his first pro season. He spent the next two seasons with the Atlanta Hawks, where he two games into his second season ruptured both tendons in his right ankle and was out for the season, before returning for his final NBA season the next year. Mays had an NBA career scoring average of 11.1 points per game. The NBA All-Rookie Team is an set of annual awards recognizing the top rookies in the National Basketball Association. ... The Atlanta Hawks are an American professional basketball team based in Atlanta, Georgia. ...

Mays' pro career extended to European basketball as he played in Greece, Israel, Turkey and Italy. Highlights of his European career include selection to the European All-Star Game, leading Panionios (Greece) to the European Championship final eight with 27.5 ppg, and First Team All-Star selection (1999-2001) on Italy's Siena squad. He retired as a player in 2001.

Mays spent the 2002-04 seasons (assistant) coaching and scouting for the WNBA San Antonio Silver Stars franchise. He also coached AAU boys' basketball for the Tennessee/Alabama "Pump" team in the summer of 2003.

From 2004-07, he served as assistant coach at the University of Texas, joining Jody Conradt's staff. Mays' primary duties were working with UT's guard play and recruiting. Since 2007, he is working in the same capacity at the Louisiana State University women's team. Jody Conradt Jody Conradt (born May 13, 1941 in Goldthwaite, Texas) is a college womens basketball coach. ... For other uses, see LSU. Louisiana State University and Agricultural and Mechanical College, generally known as Louisiana State University or LSU, is a public, coeducational university located in Baton Rouge, Louisiana and the main campus of the Louisiana State University System. ...

In his years of recruiting, he was instrumental in signing (among others) Erika Arriaran, Crystal Boyd, Earnesia Williams and Brittainey Raven.



  • Mays was an Associated Press Second Team All-American as a senior.
  • Against Georgia in the first round of the 1990 tourney, Mays poured in 44 points, which still stands tied for the 11th-best single game scoring effort in NCAA Tournament history.
  • He was the first player in SWC history to earn back-to-back Player of the Year honors as a junior and senior (in 1989 and 1990).
  • He was inducted into the University of Texas Men's Athletics Hall of Honor in 2002.
  • He resides in Austin, with his wife, Mirella, and daughter, Cherrell, 13.

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Career Resumé

As a player

  • University of Texas: 1986-90
  • Associated Press All-America (second team): 1989-90
  • Southwest Conference Player of the Year: 1988-89, 1989-90
  • Three-year All-Southwest Conference: 1987-90
  • UT Men's Athletics Hall of Honor: 2002
  • NBA: Sacramento Kings (First Round Pick): 1990
  • NBA: Atlanta Hawks: 1991-93
  • European Pro Leagues (Greece, Israel, Turkey and Italy): 1993-2001
  • European All-Star Game: 1994, 1995
  • First Team All-Star (Italy): 1999-2001

As a coach

  • WNBA San Antonio Silver Stars Assistant Coach: 2002-03
  • WNBA San Antonio Silver Star Head Scout: 2003-04
  • Assistant Coach, University of Texas: 2004-2007
  • Assistant Coach, LSU: 2007-

External links

  • Travis Mays - NBA stats @ Basketball-Reference.com
  • Google cache of "Mays shows women the way" @ dailytexanonline.com (an article on Mays' coaching career)



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