Marion finished the season 21-4 and advanced to the state 4A semifinals where they were defeated 56-48 by East Chicago Central. Mays was tabbed Conference Player of the Year, Region Player of the Year, all-conference, all-region, and he was a first-team all-state selection.
"I think we achieved a lot as a team, and I achieved a lot individually," said Mays. "We didn't win the state championship, but we return a lot so we are going to start over and keep trying to get better. We are just going to work on everything, and I want to lead our team to the state [title].""I did real good. We won the tournament. It was a state tournament."
Last season he traveled the AAU circuit with Indiana Elite, who is playing this weekend in the Bob Gibbons Tournament of Champions, but Mays spent this spring with the SYF Players, a Nike-based AAU organization. Where will Mays be playing this weekend?
"I'm going to be playing in a tournament in Tennessee with the SYF Players," said Mays. "I played with Indiana Elite last year, but I'm not going to this year. We're starting to play real well together, and I want to stick with SYF.
"We played in a tournament last weekend, and we won it. I thought I played well. I don't know all my numbers, but I know I had 30 in the semifinal game. I think I had 25 in one of the other games. We won the tournament too."
Mays made an early commitment to NC State, verbaling to the Wolfpack prior to the first game of his junior season. A three-star prospect according to Scout.com, he verbaled to NC State over early offers from Indiana and Xavier. Cincinnati, Purdue, Notre Dame, and Penn State were expressing heavy interest.
Are colleges still pursuing him?
"People ask me about recruiting a lot," said Mays. "I tell them I'm a solid commitment, and I'm not backing out."
Mays maintained that he talks with the NC State coaching staff when he is allowed to do so.
"I talked with them the last time they could call me," he said. "I talked with coach Towe."
The SYF Players will be playing this weekend in the Memorial Day Classic. Mays is also expected to attend the NIKE Skills Camp later this summer.
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