Peach Jam: May vs. Randolph
NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C. -- The game was billed as Sean May vs. Shavlik Randolph, but May stole the show.
The previous day, May had one great game followed by a mediocre outing. On Friday night, however, the Indiana product made a very strong case for top power forward in the nation honors.
Of the country's arguably top three power forwards who were in North Augusta, S.C. this week -- May, Randolph and Shelden Williams –- May rose to the top, outplaying both Williams and Randolph.
Matt Doherty sat courtside as May netted 37 points Friday night against Randolph and the Raleigh Heat, scoring from inside and out beyond the arc (3-5 3pt.), and posted 14 rebounds and five assists.
May's got just about everything a college looks for in a big man -- and more: big, soft hands, deft low post moves, strong upper body, extraordinary quickness and footwork for 260 pounds, and exceptional passing skills. Dominating on the low blocks, he also has deep range on his jump shot, swishing mid-range and three-point shots.
Randolph, meanwhile, scored 13 points, but that total didn't do his performance justice. He struggled from the free throw line, and narrowly missed five ‘and-one' chances. The Raleigh star is still recovering from an injury, which affected his leaping ability, but much more telling of his skills were the 10 rebounds and five blocks he recorded. His feel for the game is unparalleled at the high school level.
While May dominated and Randolph had a solid outing, it was the play of Shawan Robinson and Mike Thompson that dictated the outcome, an 80-71 Raleigh Heat victory.
Robinson had 17 points, seven rebounds and seven assists, while Thompson had one of his best AAU performances to date (some analysts in attendance said it was his best), hitting the 10-15-foot jumper on numerous occasions, and finishing with 24 points and seven rebounds.