Clyde Mayes

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Clyde Mayes
Personal information
Born (1953-03-17) March 17, 1953 (age 66)
Greenville, South Carolina
Listed height6 ft 8 in (2.03 m)
Listed weight225 lb (102 kg)
Career information
High schoolWade Hampton
(Greenville, South Carolina)
CollegeFurman (1972–1975)
NBA draft1975 / Round: 2 / Pick: 22nd overall
Selected by the Milwaukee Bucks
Playing career1975–1989
PositionPower forward
Number34, 22
Career history
1975–1976Milwaukee Bucks
1976Indiana Pacers
1976Buffalo Braves
1977Portland Trail Blazers
1977–1981Mecap Vigevano
1981–1983Stade Français
1983–1984Binova Bergamo
1984–1985Jollycolombani Cantù
1985–1987Bàsquet Manresa
1988–1989Pamesa Valencia
Career highlights and awards
Stats at

Clyde Clauthen Mayes Jr. (born March 17, 1953)[1] is a retired American professional basketball player. He played in both the National Basketball Association (NBA) and in Europe for various teams,[2][3] his international career took him to Italy, France and Spain over the course of 12 years. At 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) tall and weighing 225 pounds, Mayes primarily played the power forward position.[2]

Basketball career[edit]


Mayes grew up in Greenville, South Carolina and played basketball at Wade Hampton High School in his hometown.[4] In the fall of 1971, Mayes enrolled at Furman University, also located in Greenville.[5] National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) rules at the time prohibited college freshmen from competing on their schools' varsity sports teams, so Mayes had to play for the Furman freshman basketball team;[5] when he became eligible during his sophomore season in 1972–73, Mayes ended up playing in 29 games while averaging 15.2 points and 11.1 rebounds per game.[5] The Paladins finished as the Southern Conference regular season runners-up (to Davidson) but won the Southern Conference Tournament championship,[6] they qualified for the 1973 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament but lost to Syracuse in the first round, 83–82.

The following season, Mayes was the star on a team that finished 22–9, including 11–1 in conference play, en route to conference regular season and tournament championships,[6] he averaged 17.3 points and 13.0 rebounds on the year, and Furman would once again qualify for the NCAA Tournament.[6] They finished in fourth place in the East Region, losing to Providence, 95–83, to end their season. After the season, Mayes was honored as the Southern Conference Player of the Year.

As a senior in 1974–75, Mayes led the Paladins to second and third consecutive conference regular season and tournament championships, respectively, as well as a third straight NCAA Tournament berth (they lost in the second round to Boston College).[5][6] Furman compiled a 22–7 overall record, including a perfect 12–0 conference record.[6] In the 2009 book, ESPN College Basketball Encyclopedia: The Complete History of the Men's Game, the 1974–75 team was named the best in the program's history,[6] it was led by Mayes, who repeated at the Southern Conference Player of the Year and also honored as a Third Team All-American by the Associated Press. He averaged 21.1 points and 13.5 rebounds for the year,[5] but he also had a stellar supporting cast. Fessor "Moose" Leonard was a 7 ft 1 in (2.16 m) center who averaged 15.5 points per game, and 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) Craig Lynch provided a strong defensive presence.[6]

The personal accolades for Mayes kept coming, as he was named the Southern Conference Athlete of the Year, which is an award given to an athlete in the conference irrespective of sport or season.[7] In 2010, The Charlotte Observer listed Mayes as one of the five best men's basketball players in the Southern Conference during the 1970s.[7]


After Mayes' collegiate career ended, the Milwaukee Bucks selected him as the 22nd overall pick in the 1975 NBA draft,[2] he played in 65 games for the Bucks as a rookie in 1975–76.[2] Just prior to the start of the 1976–77 season he was waived. For the remainder of the season, Mayes was temporarily signed and released by three different teams—the Indiana Pacers, Buffalo Braves and Portland Trail Blazers—and appeared in no more than five games for any of them,[2] he decided that he would have greater success overseas, and so starting in the 1977–78 basketball season Mayes found himself playing in Italy.[3]

Over the course of the next 12 seasons, Mayes played for teams in Italy, France and Spain.[3] In 1983–84 he was named an All-Star in Legadue Basket while playing for Alpe Bergamo.[1]


  1. ^ a b "Clyde Mayes". Liga ACB. 2011. Retrieved January 28, 2011.
  2. ^ a b c d e "Clyde Mayes NBA & ABA Statistics". Retrieved January 28, 2011.
  3. ^ a b c "Clyde Mayes". Lega Basket. Retrieved January 28, 2011.
  4. ^ "NBA & ABA Players Who Attended High School in South Carolina". Retrieved January 28, 2011.
  5. ^ a b c d e "TheDraftReview – Clyde Mayes". TheDraftReview. Retrieved January 28, 2011.
  6. ^ a b c d e f g ESPN Editors (2009). ESPN College Basketball Encyclopedia: The Complete History of the Men's Game. New York: Random House, Inc. p. 182. ISBN 978-0-345-51392-2.CS1 maint: Extra text: authors list (link)
  7. ^ a b Green, Jr., Ron (March 7, 2010). "Southern Conference: 50 years of basketball glory". The Charlotte Observer. Retrieved January 28, 2011.[permanent dead link]