Nick Mayo signs professional contract with Japanese team

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Published: Jul. 25, 2019 at 6:43 PM EDT
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Former Eastern Kentucky University basketball star Nick Mayo has signed a professional contract with the Chiba Jets, a Japanese team based out of Funabashi, just east of Tokyo.

The Jets currently play in the B.League, Japan's highest level of professional basketball.

Chiba went 52-8 last season and finished as the B.League runner-up.

Mayo worked out for 10 NBA teams over the summer before committing to play for the Miami Heat in the NBA Summer League. He averaged 9.5 points, 2.5 rebounds and 1.6 assists in four Las Vegas Summer League games. The forward from Oakland, Maine notably poured in 20 points on 8-of-10 shooting in a game against the Chinese National Team.

Mayo ranked 10th in the country in scoring (23.7 points-per-game) during the 2018-19 season. He also led the OVC in free throw percentage (86.4%), tied for second in blocks-per-game (1.8) and ranked fourth in rebounds-per-game (8.7).

On December 15, Mayo posted 25 points, six rebounds and five steals at Xavier. In doing so, he moved past Matt Witt to become EKU's all-time leading scorer.

Mayo finished his career fifth on the OVC's all-time scoring list and 145th on the NCAA's all-time scoring list with 2,316 points.

He is only the second player in the 71-year history of the OVC to be named first team all-conference four times. Western Kentucky's Ralph Crosthwaite (1954-59) is the other.