The University of Kentucky isn’t the only local school producing professional basketball players.
According to a press release sent out by Eastern Kentucky University, former EKU standout Nick Mayo has agreed to a contract in Japan.
Mayo will play for the Chiba Jets, who are based just outside of Tokyo and finished as the runners-up in Japan’s B.League last season.
Excited for this new journey with the Chiba Jets!?? https://t.co/S7OH6mmcJx
— Nick Mayo (@1nmay0) July 19, 2019
If you aren’t familiar with Mayo, you should know that he’s one of the most impactful players to ever come through the EKU basketball program. He averaged 18.7 points and 6.7 rebounds as a four-year starter with the Colonels, including 23.7 points per game as a senior last year – ranking 10th in the entire country. Mayo is one of only two players in conference history (OVC) to be named to the all-conference first-team all fours years.
Mayo has spent most of his summer preparing for a run in the professionals. He worked out for 10 NBA teams before playing two summer league games with the Miami Heat. He also made a run in The Basketball Tournament as a member of Chris Lofton’s KBC team where he scored 17 points in the first round.