Former Arizona Wildcats guard Jordin Mayes will play for Uganda in the third window of FIBA Basketball World Cup 2019 Qualifiers.
Uganda faces Nigeria on June 29, Mali on June 30, and Rwanda on July 1 in Lagos, Nigeria. The Ugandans are 1-2 in the qualifying rounds so far, sitting in second in Group B.
“It is going to be a great environment of basketball. I want to just go out there and compete at the highest level against three great teams and leave it all out there on the floor and leaving Nigeria qualified for the next round of play,” Mayes told FIBA.basketball.
“Going out there and competing as long as we compete, we are going to have a great chance at winning all three games. We know the other teams are going to come out ready we have to maximize their intensity and make sure we execute the game plan the coach has for us each game.”
Mayes played at Arizona from 2010 to 2014. His career path was odd. The Los Angeles native had his best season as a freshman, when he was a key reserve on an Arizona team that reached the Elite Eight.
Mayes averaged 4.9 points per game that year, and was a terrific shooter, draining 45.3 percent of his 3s off the bench.
Mayes made 16 starts as a sophomore, but his productivity declined. He averaged 4.7 points per game and saw his field-goal percentage dip to 35.1. He only shot 29 percent from 3.
He then averaged 2.8 points per game as a junior and 1.3 as a senior.
Mayes, 26, currently plays for the City Oilers in Uganda where he is averaging 13.1 points per contest.
”It is an honor to be playing for the national team and having the support of Uganda and the team behind me and welcoming me to be a part of something special to come,” Mayes said.
Mayes’ former teammate, Nick Johnson, is playing for Team USA in third window of qualifiers. You can read more about that here.