Mays Will Give Backcourt a Boost

Julius Mays has been outstanding for Marion (IN) High School, and the star junior point guard remains firmly committed to the Wolfpack.

Julius Mays won't arrive at NC State for another year and a half but his upside already has coach Lowe excited.

The 6-2, 180-pound guard from Marion, Indiana has the ability to score points in bunches and is working hard on other areas of his game.

"I would call myself a combo guard," said Mays, who committed to NC State in October. "I've been playing point guard, but I'm versatile. I can put up a lot of points, but at the same time I like to keep all of my teammates involved and put them in a position to succeed. I'm very comfortable with the ball in my hands.

"This season I've been working really hard at improving my defense. I'm still going to work on offense, but that's the area I want to get better at. That's the difference between a lot of good and great guards. Coach Lowe seems like he might want a guard-oriented team, and the coaches played the point when they were at State. They know what I need to do to be successful, and right now that means working on defense."

Marion has a 3-1 record on the year with a conference game scheduled for Friday. In his last outing Mays scored 20 points and had six rebounds, five assists and five steals. He is averaging 24.5 points per game on the season, as Marion is now ranked No. 7 in the state. Is he still a solid verbal for the Wolfpack?

"Oh yes, I'm definitely still solid. There are some schools that are still recruiting me, but I don't talk to them. I feel it would be wrong to back out of it now, because I gave them my word. No only that, but I can't see myself anywhere else. I only talk to the coaches at NC State. Those are my coaches.

"Coach Towe is really the guy that was responsible for recruiting me. When Coach Sendek was still there I had gotten some mail, but when they put the new staff together Coach Towe really came after me hard. I've got a good relationship with all the coaches. They talk about how they played at State and how they have a lot of background playing the point and coaching guards. Then you throw in the possibility of playing early and against the best in the ACC. When I finally went down and visited the school I knew it was the place to be. It was an easy choice."

The next time Mays visits NC State will probably be after his junior season. When he arrives in Raleigh for good after his senior year he'll see some familiar faces.

"I met a lot of the guys up there and I'm real comfortable with the coaches," said Mays. "I met one of the guys in their recruiting class for this year – Tracy Smith. I'm good friends with C.J. Williams too, and we're coming in together. We call each other from time to time and talk basketball. I'm really looking forward to playing with him."

While Mays hasn't been able to watch the Pack this season, he thinks he'll fit right in.

"It's been tough to watch them because my season is going on, but from what I know I think I'll be a good fit. I think they're going to want to try to get out in transition, and I'm comfortable doing that. I score a lot of my points on the break. But they want their players to be comfortable running a half court offense. I love the up and down game, but as a point guard you have to be able to run a set offense. I'm looking forward to that too."

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