Baylor Bears senior guard Matthew Mayer has declared for the 2022 NBA Draft but will maintain his college eligibility. He still has one year of college eligibility left due to the extra year of college eligibility players were granted due to the impact the Coronavirus had on the 2020-21 season. Mayer will go through the draft process and then decide if he should stay in the 2022 NBA Draft or remain with the Baylor Bears for one more year. NIL deals have made this a bigger decision than it may have been in the past.
Baylor’s Matthew Mayer will declare for the NBA Draft, but will keep door open for him to return to Waco for another season.
— Jeff Goodman (@GoodmanHoops) April 22, 2022
In his senior season with the Baylor Bears, Matthew Mayer stepped up after key injuries. In his fourth season, he averaged 9.8 points, 5.0 rebounds, and 1.2 steals per game. He paired those numbers with a field goal percentage of 40.9 percent and a three-point percentage of 32.4 percent. While their season ended in the second round of the 2022 NCAA Tournament to the North Carolina Tar Heels, Mayer stepped up and helped lead the team after the roster was beaten down by injuries.
Matthew Mayer went to Instagram to declare for the 2022 NBA Draft.
He’s gonna keep his college eligibility though so he could still be back at Baylor next season. pic.twitter.com/EHaZopV15S
— Eric Kelly (@EricKellyTV) April 22, 2022
His decision to stay in the 2022 NBA Draft or return to college could come down to one simple calculation. Will he be drafted in the second round or will he go undrafted? That is the major sticking point for the Baylor guard and could mean the difference between another year at Baylor or playing next year in the NBA.