Elgin High School Class of 1975
Derrick Mayes is a former basketball standout at Elgin High School and Illinois State University. Mayes was named Upstate Eight Conference Player of the Year in 1975 as a senior for the Maroons after leading the team to a 21-4 record. He averaged 21.9 points per game that season after averaging 11.8 ppg as a junior. At the time, his senior season point total of 549 broke the school scoring mark for guards held by All-American and former NBA player Flynn Robinson. Mayes shot 55% from the field his senior season and was named Courier News Player of the Year as well as being selected to various All-State teams of several major news organizations including the Associated Press, the Chicago Daily News, and the Chicago Tribune. At Illinois State, Mayes started every game as a sophomore, junior and senior (1977, 1978, 1979). He finished his career at ISU ranked 12th in career points (1,390), third in career assists (506), first in minutes averaged per game per season (37.4), sixth in assists per game (4.5) and seventh in career double digit scoring games. His senior season he led ISU (20-10) in scoring (19.8 ppg) and set a school record at the time for minutes played in a season (1,122). As a junior, Mayes, a co-captain, was the team leader in assists (151 or 5.4 per game) as ISU went 22-4 and advanced to the NIT quarterfinals. As a sophomore, when the Redbirds also made the NIT, his 160 assists ranked 10th all-time for a season. He was the last player cut by the NBA's Milwaukee Bucks in 1979.