Purnell Lands 2nd Top 100 Player

It's a common theme this time of the year: the guy feeling. James Mays had one and when it was all said and done, he elected to play his college basketball in the ACC. After breaking Mays' commitment earlier this afternoon, we now bring you exclusive quotes from Mays himself.

James Mays, a forward out of Garner High, committed to Clemson on Wednesday. Mays (No. 84, TheInsiders.com) picked the Tigers over South Carolina, Fordham and Virginia Tech. He's Oliver Purnell's second Top 100 recruit of the year and Clemson's third prospect overall.

"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."

Clemson head coach Oliver Purnell also has secured the verbal commitment of Cheyenne Moore and Sam Perry. Moore is a consensus top 100 player nationally and Perry has also been ranked in the top 100 by some recruiting services.

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