June 19, 2014

One on One with Luke Maye

Luke Maye certainly won't win any awards for being the most exciting basketball prospect here at the NBA Top 100 camp. He's not a tremendously explosive athlete. His speed is just average, and his height and length is not as desireable as some of the other power forwards here in attendance.

Then you watch him play, and see him fill up the stat sheets.

You see him swish jumpers from the baseline, the arc and inside the paint. You see him secure physical rebounds by fundamentally boxing out, sealing his man with his rear end and keep the opposition out of the paint with his aggressive brand of post defense.

Simply put, he's a productive prospect. One who is as fundamentally sound as anyone in the camp. And one who is a constant double-double threat. He is the guy that nobody talks about, while he outplays higher rated prospects.

Many scouts and basketball reporters feel that he's sometimes overlooked as a high major prospect, despite his consistent production that has carried over from the Nike EYBL circuit.

" I just keep playing hard and people are going to say what they're going to say," said Maye. "You just have to keep playing hard and work through stuff like that. My dad preaches about that stuff all the time, but you have to just keep working and eventually, people will see that I am who I am. And that I am producing."

Many schools are putting in the time with the rising senior, he told Tar Heel Illustrated that he visited UVA before the camp started on Monday and that he has some additional visits on the horizon, including one this weekend in Chapel Hill.

"I visited Virginia on Monday and I'm going to (North) Carolina on Sunday and then I am going to be at NC State probably next week and then I am going to Notre Dame in early July."

We asked if he would prefer to play his college basketball in the Atlantic Coast Conference as his upcoming visits might indicate.

"Yes sir," he responded. "On the east coast because my parents are very involved with my basketball and I kind of want to stay close to home."

So far, the physically sound forward says that he has firm offers from Virginia Tech, Clemson and Notre Dame in the conference and some others that he feels are on the verge of delivering one.

" Virginia is really close and so is NC State and North Carolina,"he added.

Maye feels like the coaches in Chapel Hill are high on him, and he elaborated on their level of interest.

" I talk to Coach (CB) McGrath on a regular basis and Coach (Roy) Williams calls me about once a week. They just keep in touch and like I said, I am going to go over there on Sunday and see what they say and see what their plan is for me and just go from there."

He said that Williams has been very complementary to him in terms of how he would fit at North Carolina.

"He just says that he thinks I can play at that level and he just wants to see me play a little bit more. He says that he loves my game and he wants to keep the relationship building," said Maye.

UNC has a strong chance, should they offer, as both of Maye's parents attended UNC.

"It's where both my mom and dad went. If they were to offer, it would have a big impact. I still feel like schools like Clemson, Notre Dame and Virginia have been on me longer, so I would have some things to think about. But come September, I am just going to sit down with my parents and see what kind of things that they have to tell me."

Maye says that the decision he makes will be heavily influenced by which school can help him with life after basketball and which one gives him a good chance of playing beyond college.

"I pride myself on my academics and my parents think that's really important for life after basketball," he said. "And I just want to go somewhere that the coach really wants me and they fit my style of play and just somewhere that I can have the best opportunity to play in the NBA."

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