Wichita State basketball incoming freshman Bryce Mayes, a walk-on guard from Oxford High, averaged 30.7 points and 8.1 rebounds as a senior. I interrupted his morning after a workout on the Cessna Stadium track. That should be familiar territory for Mayes, who leaped 20 feet, 51/4 inches in the long jump at the state track meet this spring.
Q: Facebook or Twitter?
A: Facebook. I never really checked out Twitter, but it doesn’t look like my thing.
Q: What teammate makes the biggest impression on the court?
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A: So far, Gabe Blair is the one that stands out to me. In pickup games, he stands out and looks like he should be one of our better players. He’s got the size, and he’s got the athletic ability, I feel, of a guard. So he can move just as quick as a guard and get rebounds and get putbacks like a big guy.
Q: What’s been the biggest adjustment for you?
A: The transition from high school is the size, the bigger guards and the big big men that we’ve got out here. It kind of changes my game from a driver to more of a pull-up guy.
Q: If you weren’t here at Wichita State playing basketball, where would you be?
A: This was my first choice, so this is where I wanted to play basketball. If had I gone to KU, I would just be working on my degree and getting into med school.
Q: Kobe or LeBron?
A: I say LeBron. He’s big and athletic and he plays point guard. He’s impossible to stop if you’re trying to guard him single-handedly. He’s the most athletic guy in the league and he can shoot from the perimeter.