Mays Recruitment Gaining Steam

Playing with the North Carolina Gaters, Garner (NC) Forward James Mays had an outstanding Southern Invitational Tournament this past weekend in Charlottesville, Virginia.

"I think I played real good," James told StateFans. "I was able to start and deliver for my team, and overall we are starting to put it together. Earlier this spring we had some chemistry problems, but now we are playing much better and as a team."

The Gaters are considered the most talented AAU team in North Carolina, with NC State verbal commitment Cedric Simmons and North Carolina verbal JamesOn Curry playing alongside Mays.

"It's great playing with guys like that," he said. "Cedric Simmons is such a beast down low, but he's almost too skilled to be a big man. He can do everything for a big guy."

"Some people say it's tough playing with JamesOn because he shoots a lot, but the way he can shoot I want him doing it all the time!"

After impressing scouts at the Southern Invitational, where he made the All-Tourney team along with Simmons, Mays has seen his recruitment pick up.

"More schools are after me now that AAU has started," James said. "I like [NC] State, Maryland, Virginia, VCU, and South Carolina the most right now. Of those schools, Virginia, VCU, and South Carolina have offered. I'm not sure if State has yet, but they are showing a lot of interest now."

It's apparent after talking with James that he may prefer staying in the Atlantic Coast Conference.

"Playing in the ACC would be great. It's a great conference and the competition is the best. I would be able to stay close to home and my parents could go to all my games."

Living only minutes from the N.C. State campus, the Garner native is familiar with the Wolfpack program.

"It's a nice program, and I've been over there a lot already playing with the current players. I like the coaching staff and I think the school is good too."

Mays will attend the Bob Gibbons Tournament of Champions in May with the Gaters, and has been invited to the ABCD Camp held in New Jersey.

"Hopefully I can get even more exposure at these other tournaments. I'm not looking to make a decision right now, but I may try and decide this upcoming fall."

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