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Former Wildcat Mayes named MVP of tournament in Nigeria

Former Arizona Wildcats guard Jordin Mayes was named the most valuable player at the 2017 Continental Basketball League Lagos May Madness tournament last weekend in Lagos, Nigeria.

Mayes led the Lagos City Stars over the Abidjan Raiders 73-59 in the championship game at Teslim Balogun Stadium on Sunday. He also won the three-point shooting contest of the tournament.

“Getting this MVP award is the highlight of this tournament for me,” Mayes was quoted as saying by “I just played to get my team this far but I have been so touched receiving such a huge award from amongst so many talented players.”

Mayes averaged 27.3 points and 3.4 assists in seven games in the tournament.

The event was put together in celebration of 50 years of Lagos State. It featured six teams from Africa (three from Nigeria and one from Gabon, Ivory Coast and Cameroon).

The championship was Mayes’ second since his Arizona career came to an end in 2014. He was part of Providence’s 2015 championship team in the American Basketball Association (which has since been changed to the Premier Basketball League).

Mayes was part of Sean Miller’s second recruiting class in 2010. He averaged 3.4 points in 12.2 minutes a game in his Wildcat career, which spanned 136 games.

FOLLOW @JAVIERJMORALES ON TWITTER! publisher, writer and editor Javier Morales is a former Arizona Press Club award winner. He is a former Arizona Daily Star beat reporter for the Arizona basketball team, including when the Wildcats won the 1996-97 NCAA title. He has also written articles for, Bleacher Report, Lindy’s Sports,, The Arizona Republic, Sporting News and Baseball America, among many other publications. He has also authored the book “The Highest Form of Living”, which is available at Amazon.

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