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Darius Days: 5 things to know about the LSU Tigers men's basketball forward

Erik Hall
Lafayette Daily Advertiser

Darius Days was a key contributor off the bench his freshman season at LSU. 

In 2018-19, Days averaged 5.3 points and four rebounds in 14.6 minutes as he saw action in all 35 games with three starts. 

Since then, Days has been in the starting lineup nearly every single game he's played for the LSU Tigers

Here is some basic information about Darius Days: 

  • Height: 6 feet, 7 inches
  • Weight: 245 pounds
  • Age: 21 years old
  • Birthday: Oct. 20, 1999
  • Hometown: Raleigh, Florida
  • High Schools:  IMG Academy in Bradenton, Florida, in 2017-18; The Rock School in Gainesville, Florida, from 2015-17; Williston Middle High School in Williston, Florida, in 2014-15

Find out five more things about LSU men's basketball forward Darius Days. 

Why did Darius Days switch to wear No. 4? 

Georgia forward Andrew Garcia, left, defends against LSU forward Darius Days during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2021, in Baton Rouge, La. (Hilary Scheinuk/The Advocate via AP)

Through his first three years at LSU, Darius Days wore a different number each year. 

He started with No. 22 as a freshman in 2018-19. He went to No. 0 in 2019-20. Then, it was No. 4 in 2020-21. 

Well, No. 4 was worn by Skylar Mays when Days arrived at LSU, so Days went with No. 22. He told Tiger Rag that it was because 2+2=4, and No. 4 had been Days' high school number. 

Days then adorned No. 0 as a sophomore because of his relationship with Naz Reid, who wore No. 0 the previous year. 

"We were best friends, and we’d talked about me getting his number when he left," Days said to Tiger Rag of Reid. "Since Skylar left, I now felt it was the right time to go back to my old number."

Darius Days ankle injury 

Jan 30, 2021; Baton Rouge, Louisiana, USA;  Texas Tech Red Raiders guard Kevin McCullar (15) shoots over LSU Tigers forward Darius Days (4) during the second half at Pete Maravich Assembly Center. Mandatory Credit: Stephen Lew-USA TODAY Sports

Darius Days suffered a left ankle injury during the LSU game vs. Texas Tech on Saturday, Jan. 30, 2021. He left the game with 10:57 left in the second half.

"Nothing's torn," LSU head coach Will Wade said after the Texas Tech game. "But he'll be out at least a week or two with a bad sprain." 

Days missed LSU's game at Alabama on Feb. 3, but he only ended up missing the one game. Days came back vs. Mississippi State on Feb. 10, and he scored 16 points with 11 rebounds in 29 minutes.

Darius Days:LSU's Darius Days leaves game against No. 10 Texas Tech with left ankle sprain

Darius Days helped LSU reach 2019 Sweet 16

LSU's Darius Days, left, looks for a shot in front of Maryland's Bruno Fernando (23) during the first half of a second-round game in the NCAA men’s college basketball tournament in Jacksonville, Fla., Saturday, March 23, 2019. (AP Photo/Stephen B. Morton)

Darius Days came off the bench and scored 10 points with five rebounds in 15 minutes as LSU beat Maryland 69-67 in Jacksonville, Florida, during the second round of the 2019 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament. 

Days was the leading scorer off the bench in the game that sent the LSU Tigers to the 2019 Sweet 16. His 10 points were fourth overall on the team in scoring. His five rebounds were tied for the second most on the team. 

That came after Days went scoreless in nine minutes during LSU's first-round win against Yale. Days had four points and three rebounds in LSU's 80-63 loss to Michigan State in the Sweet 16. 

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Darius Day's cousin Deonte Welch played football at South Florida 

November 25, 2011; Tampa, FL, USA;  Louisville Cardinals cornerback Adrian Bushell (21) and defensive tackle Roy Philon (93) tackle South Florida Bulls wide receiver Deonte Welch (83) during the first quarter of their game at Raymond James Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Deonte Welch is Darius Days' cousin. Welch played wide receiver for South Florida from 2010-14. 

The 6-foot, 215-pound Welch redshirted in 2010. Then from 2011-14, Welch caught 80 passes for 1,008 yards. Welch went undrafted but joined the Seattle Seahawks for rookie minicamp in 2015. 

Welch went to high school and played football at Williston Middle High School, where Days went as a high school freshman. Days played junior varsity football as a Williston freshman. 

“I stopped playing after I got hit in the knees,” Days said in 2017 of his one-year football career. 

Darius Days has good relationship with Mike White, Florida Gators coaches

LSU's Darius Days shoots a free throw during an NCAA college basketball game against Southern California Saturday, Dec. 21, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

Darius Days grew up just outside of Gainesville, Florida. He went to high school in Gainesville at The Rock School during his sophomore and junior years. 

"I love them all," Days said to The Gainsville Sun in 2017 of the Florida Gators coaching staff. "Coach (Mike) White, coach Darris Nichols, they let me go to the gym and stuff like that ... they’re good people."

White is the Florida Gators men's basketball head coach, and Nichols is a Florida assistant coach. Florida did not recruit Days. 

"When I was in high school, I'd go over there and shoot, play with some of their guys," Days said to Tiger Rag in 2020. "They probably felt I wasn’t the best fit for their program. I don’t have any bad blood or problem with that. There’s respect there. But every time we play against them, it’s high energy from my end."

Here's more Darius Days news: 

Jan 8, 2019; Baton Rouge, LA, USA; LSU Tigers forward Darius Days (22) reacts following a dunk against the Alabama Crimson Tide during the second half at the Maravich Assembly Center. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports

Here is a link to the Darius Days bio on the LSU men's basketball website. 

Erik Hall is the lead digital producer for sports with the USA Today Network. You can find him on Twitter @HallErik