Mays receiving recruiting interest

Woodale (TN) High School 2013 guard Teresa Mays is receiving recruiting interest from colleges throughout the south and midwest.

  • Name: Teresa Mays
  • Classification: 2013
  • High School: Woodale (TN) High School
  • Position: Two Guard
  • Ht: 5-9
  • Colleges of Interest: Arkansas-Little Rock, Arkansas State, Austin Peay, Eastern Kentucky, Furman, Ole Miss, Southeast Missouri, Stetson

  • Memphis Elite coach Eric Daniels, who is her AAU head coach, mentioned several schools that are recruiting Mays.

    "Stetson, Furman, Southeast Missouri and a few other schools are looking at her," he said.

    According to Mays, those other colleges are, "Austin Peay, Ole Miss, Eastern Kentucky, Arkansas State and Arkansas Little Rock."

    Daniels, who has coached Mays two years, has a firm grasp as to why so many colleges are heavily recruiting her.

    "Teresa has a gamemanship about her, a heady sense about how to make plays in a structured system," said Daniels. "She also has a very, very good jump shot. She will make somebody a very nice guard who can defend and do most of the things that you need a guard to do on the floor."

    Mays summarized her overall game.

    "I am a good defender who can also shoot the ball well and run off of the screen," she said. "I'm also a good ball handler who can direct the offense and help tell my teammates where to go on the court. I'm more of a two-guard than a point guard but I can play the point."

    Mays gives credit to her AAU playing experience for helping to make her into the overall player that she is today.

    "I've been playing AAU ball since I was nine," she said. "It has helped me tremendously. Every year that I have been in AAU I have gotten more looks (from colleges). And it has helped me become a better player overall because I have been able to play with different teammates."

    She also gives her current AAU coach, Eric Daniels, credit for boosting her confidence when it comes to shooting the basketball.

    "I have been playing with Memphis Elite about three years and I have played with Coach Daniels two years," she said. "He has helped me a lot because he has given me help with my overall game. And he has given me the freedom to play and helped me to learn not to rush my game. He gives me freedom to shoot the ball, too, because he has confidence in my shot. That has really boosted my confidence and motivated me (when it comes to shooting the ball)."

    While college coaches have liked what they have seen from the talented guard, only one will make her final cut. Mays has certain things that that final school will have to have.

    "Basically, I am looking for a good academic program," she said. "As far as coaches, I'm looking for coaches that will put a lot of importance on their players academics. I would also like it to have a good atmosphere where it would be like being a second home."

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