Ranking the 5 biggest Texas basketball NBA Draft busts of all-time

Texas has a few dozen players in program history who have played at least one NBA game.
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Travis Mays
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Few guards who played for Texas in the last three or four decades are more decorated than Travis Mays. The 6-foot-2 and 190-pound point guard ranks second in all-time scoring in Texas program history, with well over 2,000 career points. He also ranks second all-time in career points in Southwest Conference history.

As a two-time SWC Player of the Year, Mays was viewed as one of the top guards entering the 1990 NBA Draft. He was selected 14th overall in the first round of the 1990 draft by the Sacramento Kings.

Mays immediately gave a Kings backcourt that needed some young talent and scoring a jolt during the 1990-91 season. He led all Kings guards in scoring during his rookie campaign in 1990-91, averaging nearly 15 points per game on 41 percent shooting from the field and 37 percent from three-point range.

After his standout rookie campaign, Mays earned NBA All-Rookie Second-Team honors.

Despite his stellar rookie season, the Kings shipped Mays off to the Hawks in the summer of 1991 for a package that included point guard Spud Webb and a second-round pick. Just two games into his inaugural season with the Hawks in 1991-92, Mays suffered a gruesome injury where he ruptured the tendons in his right ankle. That ankle injury caused Mays to miss the rest of the 1991-92 NBA season.

Mays returned for his third season in the NBA with the Hawks in 1992-93, averaging nearly nine points per game on a Hawks team that made the postseason with 43 wins. What stood in the way for the Hawks in the first round playoff matchup in the 1993 postseason was Michael Jordan and the Chicago Bulls, who were looking to turn their title run into a dynasty.

Jordan and the Bulls swept Mays and the Hawks in three games in the 1993 playoffs in the first round.

After the 1993 postseason, Mays was cut by the Hawks. Mays took his talents overseas to play for a few years before he called it a career in the early 2000s.