November 26, 2013

Heels keeping close eye on Maye

His father, Mark Maye, was a well-known quarterback on the football field for the Tar Heels back in the mid 1980's and now it's the son's turn. But he's not making his name as a football prospect; he's doing it on the hardwood.

The 16-year old from Hough High School in Cornelius, NC says that he used to play football, but that basketball is his first love.

At 6-8 and 230-pounds, he has the look of a guy who could excel as a football talent, but he uses his big frame pretty well on the basketball court.

"I rebound the ball really well," he said. "I shoot it well and I play hard all the time. I pride myself on being a leader out there and do whatever it takes to help win. I'm very skilled with my back to the basket."

Maye claims form scholarship offers from many mid and high major programs in the region, including Virginia Tech, Clemson, Charleston, Davidson and Richmond.

He says that East Carolina, Georgia, Tennessee, Duke, North Carolina, Virginia, Wake Forest and Notre Dame are recruiting him as well.

He elaborated on the contacts with the staff in Chapel Hill.

"They send me letters and I talk to Coach (CB) McGrath maybe once or twice a month. They just tell me to keep playing hard and they will watch me this school year and over the summer," he said.

Last season, as a mere sophomore, Maye's squad knocked off current UNC freshman Kennedy Meeks' squad out of Charlotte. And Maye thinks he held his own against the older big man in that particular game.

"He's very good in the post," Maye said of Meeks. "I thought I was a bit quicker and was able to get around. fought him hard for post position and tried not to let him get where he wanted to. I just tried to make sure he didn't get the ball because he was their best player. I feel like I did pretty well on him considering I was two years younger. I feel like I held him to a lower point total than most."

Maye said that he hasn't firmly decided where he will play his AAU ball this spring and summer, but don't be surprised to see him on Team United.

He has some things that he would like to work on during the year and he wants to make some strides in several areas. He explains..

"Definitel my ball-handling," he said with conviction. "My athleticism, my defense and I'm working on my flexibility and jumping."

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