"Every game is going to be a great motivation," Mays said when asked about playing against some teams that might have passed on him. "I think this is a blessing. Some of my friends are going to ACC schools and I'll be able to play against them. Guys like Cameron Stanley and Cedric Simmons."
Clemson worked him hard to get this done. In the end, Purnell landed an all-conference player who averaged 23 points and 14 rebounds as a junior. He's got great leaping ability and athleticism that gets him places.
Mays said the Tigers approach to their relationship was the difference.
"I just had to go with my gut feeling. It was a great opportunity for me. Also, over time I felt a great relationship with coach Nickelberry and coach Purnell. I felt like a family member and not a basketball prospect."