Travis Mays

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Travis Mays
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Personal information
Born (1968-06-19) June 19, 1968 (age 48)
Ocala, Florida
Nationality American
Listed height 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Listed weight 190 lb (86 kg)
Career information
High school Vanguard (Ocala, Florida)
College Texas (1986–1990)
NBA draft 1990 / Round: 1 / Pick: 14th overall
Selected by the Sacramento Kings
Playing career 1990–2002
Position Shooting guard
Number 1
Career history
1990–1991 Sacramento Kings
19911993 Atlanta Hawks
1993 Rochester Renegade
1994–1995 Panionios
1995–1996 Ironi Ramat Gan
1996–1997 Tuborg Pilsener
1998–1999 Mabo Pistoia
1999–2002 Mens Sana 1871 Basket
Career highlights and awards
Career NBA statistics
Points 1,273 (11.1 ppg)
Rebounds 233 (2.0 rpg)
Assists 326 (2.8 apg)
Stats at

Travis Cortez Mays (born June 19, 1968) is an American basketball coach and former professional player, who was selected by the Sacramento Kings in the 1st round (14th overall pick) of the 1990 NBA draft. Born in Ocala, Florida, he played basketball for Vanguard High School before enrolling at The University of Texas to compete for the Longhorns. After his time in the NBA, Mays played professional basketball in several leagues in Europe.[1]

Amateur career[edit]

Mays went to Vanguard High School where he was a scholastic All-America standout, and he then proceeded to play basketball for The University of Texas. Mays and teammates Lance Blanks and Joey Wright were known as the "BMW – The Ultimate Scoring Machine" during the 1989–90 basketball season.[2] That Longhorn team advanced to the Elite Eight in the 1990 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament.

Mays ranks second in UT men's basketball all-time scoring (2,279 points) and also is second in Southwest Conference all-time scoring.[1] He was the first player to earn back-to-back SWC Player of the Year honors.[1] Mays' career scoring average was 18.4 points per game.[3] He scored in double-figures in 100 of 124 career games[4] and was the only UT men's player in history to score more than 700 points in a season at the end of his Longhorn career, having scored 743 points as a junior and 772 as a senior.[5] His single-season scoring record has subsequently been broken by Kevin Durant. In the 1989-90 season that ended in the Elite Eight, Mays had a scoring average of 24.1 points per game as a senior.[3] In 2002 he was inducted into the UT Men's Athletics Hall of Honor.[4]

Professional career[edit]

Mays was selected by the Sacramento Kings with the 14th pick of the 1990 NBA draft.[6] During his rookie campaign for the Kings, he was named to the NBA All-Rookie Second Team, averaging 14.3 points per game in 64 games.[7][8] He spent the next two seasons with the Atlanta Hawks, where two games into his second season, he ruptured both tendons in his right ankle and was out for the remainder of the season. He returned for his final NBA season the next year. Mays had an NBA career scoring average of 11.1 points per game.[8]

Mays' professional career extended to European and international basketball, as he played in Greece, Israel, Turkey, and Italy. In 1994 Mays signed with Greek club Panionios BC, where he would spend the entire season.[9] In the Greek League, Mays averaged 23.8 points, 2.4 rebounds and 2.6 assists per game.[9] Highlights of his European career include his selection to the European All-Star Game, leading Panionios to the European Championship final eight with 27.5 points per game, and a First Team All-Star selection (1999–2001) on Italy's Siena squad. He retired as a player in 2002.

Coaching career[edit]

Mays spent the 2002–04 seasons coaching and scouting as an assistant coach for the WNBA's San Antonio Silver Stars franchise.[1] He also coached AAU boys' basketball for the Tennessee/Alabama "Pump" team in the summer of 2003. From 2004–07, he returned to his alma mater and served as an assistant coach under Jody Conradt for the Texas Longhorns women's basketball team. Mays' primary duties were working with UT's guard play and recruiting. He was instrumental in signing, among others, Erika Arriaran, Crystal Boyd, Earnesia Williams, and Brittainey Raven.

After Conradt retired, Mays worked in the same capacity with the Louisiana State University women's team from 2007–11.[1] He then spent one year as an assistant coach for the University of Georgia women's basketball team. From 2012–2016, he returned again to UT as the associate head coach under new head coach Karen Aston.[1] In 2016, he became the head coach at SMU.[10]

Head coaching record[edit]

Season Team Overall Conference Standing Postseason
SMU Mustangs (American Athletic Conference) (2016–present)
2016–17 SMU 15–12 6–8
Total: 15–12

      National champion         Postseason invitational champion  
      Conference regular season champion         Conference regular season and conference tournament champion
      Division regular season champion       Division regular season and conference tournament champion
      Conference tournament champion

Career achievements[edit]

As a player[edit]

  • Southwest Conference Player of the Year (1989, 1990)
  • Three-year All-Southwest Conference (1987–1990)
  • UT Men's Athletics Hall of Honor (2002)
  • European All-Star (1994, 1995)
  • First Team All-Star (Italy) 1999–2001

As a coach[edit]

  • 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: 2007–11
  • Assistant Coach, University of Georgia: 2011–2012
  • Associate Head Coach, University of Texas: 2012–2016
  • Head Coach, SMU Mustangs: 2016–present


Mays earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology from UT in 1990.[7] He received Italian citizenship through his wife Mirella, herself of Italian ancestry.[11]


  1. ^ a b c d e f "2013–14 UT women's basketball coaching staff – Travis Mays bio". Retrieved May 12, 2015. 
  2. ^ "Guards Put Longhorns in High Gear". LA Times. March 24, 1990. Retrieved May 10, 2015. 
  3. ^ a b "2014–15 Texas Basketball Fact Book" (PDF). p. 114. Retrieved May 12, 2015. 
  4. ^ a b "Men's Hall of Honor – Travis Mays". – UT Athletics official website. Retrieved 10 May 2015. 
  5. ^ 2014–15 Texas Basketball Fact Book, p. 128
  6. ^ "1990 NBA draft". Retrieved 11 May 2015. 
  7. ^ a b "Travis Mays – Horns' 'home run hire' – has hit the recruiting trail running". May 13, 2012. Retrieved May 11, 2015. 
  8. ^ a b "Travis Mays NBA Stats". Retrieved May 11, 2015. 
  9. ^ a b "Ο Τράβις Μέις στη "Μηχανή του χρόνου"" (in Greek). April 3, 2014. Retrieved May 10, 2015. 
  10. ^ "SMU hires Travis Mays". Swish Appeal. Retrieved 2016-04-07. 
  11. ^ "Mays, l' ultimo italiano, per ora parla coi punti" (in Italian). La Gazzetta dello Sport. September 16, 1999. Retrieved May 11, 2015. 

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