One of the most decorated players in program history who was a key part of Arkansas’ highly-successful transition from the Southwest Conference (SWC) to the Southeastern Conference (SEC), Lee Mayberry returned to join head coach Mike Anderson’s staff and is in his third year back with the program in 2016-17.
A first round pick by the Milwaukee Bucks in the 1992 NBA Draft, Mayberry had a seven-year career in the NBA following his illustrious four years at Arkansas. He returned to finish his undergraduate degree in American Studies in 2014-15 and has stayed on staff after receiving his diploma.
Recruited and coached by Naismith Hall Of Fame inductee Nolan Richardson, Mayberry teamed with fellow 1992 NBA first round draft picks Todd Day and Oliver Miller to lead Arkansas to a 115-24 overall record, four straight conference titles (3 SWC & 1 SEC) and four NCAA Tournament appearances, highlighted by the run to the Final Four in 1990.
Mayberry’s legacy is visible all over the Razorback record book, as he still holds the program record for career steals (291) while ranking second in assists (729) and third in points (1,940). An All-SEC first team selection following Arkansas’ first year in the league, Mayberry was also a two-time All-SWC first team honoree. Mayberry and the Razorbacks left the SWC in style, winning three straight league titles with a combined record of 42-6 before taking the SEC regular season crown in 1991-92 with a 13-3 mark.
Selected in the first round of the 1992 NBA Draft by the Bucks along with Day, Mayberry spent his first four years with Milwaukee and played in 328 consecutive games to open his career. His final three years in the NBA came with the Vancouver Grizzlies as he accumulated over 2,500 points and 1,700 assists over his seven seasons as a pro.
Following his NBA career, Mayberry became a mentor in the National Basketball Developmental League (NBDL) for three years before becoming an NBA Scout for the Golden State Warriors from 2011-2013. Mayberry is the Co-owner of the Playing With Basketball program. The faith-based program teaches youth the basics of basketball and stresses the importance of quality.
Mayberry is a native of Tulsa, Oklahoma, and graduated from Will Rogers High School where he won a state championship in 1988. He is married to his high school sweetheart Marla and together they have five daughters: Taleya, Kaylan, Maya, Wyvette and Rhyian.