Mays Writes Script For ACC Team

Julius Mays, a junior guard from Marion (Ind.) High is headed to an ACC program. Mays made the commitment after his second unofficial visit.

Julius Mays didn't know a lot about North Carolina State and they didn't know much about him. However, he committed Thursday afternoon. Sounds like something dreamed up in Hollywood, right?

Well, it sort of is.

Mays, a 6-foot-1 ½ combo guard out of Marion (Ind.) High is a member of the Wolfpack's 2008 recruiting class because of the role a movie played in his recruitment.

"Have you heard about the movie "Home of the Giants?" Mays said. "Well, a guy in that movie is from my school and he told Coach Strickland and he told Coach Towe and then Coach Lowe and he started recruiting me.

"I think Coach Strickland had something to do with the movie, somehow they met and that's how they found out about me. Kind of weird but it happened."

And now it's got a little Hollywood ending to it. "Home of the Giants" is an unreleased film about a high school team marching toward a state title and a journalist covering the squad.

Mays committed to the Pack after his second unofficial visit to the school. He was on campus for Sidney Lowe's first game as coach Wednesday night when the team scrimmaged. He had received recruiting interest from Indiana, Purdue, Xavier, Notre Dame, Ole Miss, Penn State, Cincinnati, Xavier and a host of others. However, he fell hard for N.C. State.

"The first time I came down here I loved the place, the surroundings and where I was at. The coaching staff is great and they've got some great players. I just like it a lot. Most people think it's because it's in the ACC but I really didn't care about that. I like the school and I think it's a good fit for me."

Last season at Marion, which by the way also produced NBA star Zach Randolph, Mays averaged 17 points a game while playing the point guard slot. We first caught up with him at the Spiece Run ‘n Slam where he demonstrated the ability to be a scoring point guard who could also create.

"I don't think it can get any better than this and its best for me. It's a lot off my shoulders. I just made my decision."

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