Mays impresses at Nets’ combine — at point guard

With Calipari looking on, Mays turns in solid outing

Could Julius Mays be playing himself into a shot at the NBA?

What seemed like an unlikely notion as recently as last week suddenly doesn’t seem so crazy anymore after Mays’ workout at a pre-NBA Draft combine that was hosted by the New Jersey Nets on Thursday.

Facing talent that will be up for grabs at the NBA Draft, Mays shined, according to tweets from John Calipari, who was in attendance at the PNY Center in East Rutherford, N.J.

“Just got done watching Julius Mays at the Nets’ combine,” Calipari tweeted. “Julius played really well — and he played point guard! Julius had 18 points and six assists in just two 12-minute quarters. He played so well that people are probably wondering why I didn’t play him at point guard. Couldn’t be more proud of Julius.”

Forty-four players were scheduled to be in attendance at the two-day combine on Wednesday and Thursday, including Louisville’s Peyton Siva, Indiana’s Christian Watford, Marquette’s Vander Blue, Missouri’s Aelx Oriakhi, Baylor’s Pierre Jackson and Syracuse’s Brandon Triche.

It remains to be seen how realistic the chances are of Mays making it to the NBA, but he’s likely caught the eye of a few teams after his scrimmage on Thursday.

Mays averaged 9.3 points  and led the Wildcats with 65 3-pointers in 2012-13.