"James had been leaning toward this decision," Purnell said. "I'll help him get as much information as possible. Certainly, it should be something he should strongly consider if he's going to be a first-round selection."
The 6'9" Mays was a second-team All-District selection and honorable mention All-ACC performer this past season while helping the Tigers to a 25-11 overall record. He averaged 12.2 points and 6.4 rebounds per game. He also established Clemson single-season records for assists (95) and steals (69) by a frontcourt player.
"I feel this is an opportunity for me to explore my options," Mays said. "This will give me a chance to evaluate where I stand as a player. If I don't do as well as I hope to, by not signing with an agent, I will have a great opportunity to remain at Clemson and finish my college career."
He is the third player to declare early for the NBA Draft from Clemson.
Sharone Wright left after his junior season in 1993-94 and was the sixth overall selection of the 1994 draft by the Philadelphia 76ers, the highest draft pick in school history. Will Solomon left after his junior season in 2000-01, and was a second-round selection (#33 overall) by the Memphis Grizzlies.