What they saw was a versatile, inside-out forward with the ability to bang in the post and shoot from the perimeter.
"He's a 6-7 guy that can rebound, lead the break, knock down open shots from 25-feet and post up and be effective," said Hough head coach Justin Batts. "His hand-eye coordination is outstanding. He throws 75-foot passes on a dime which helped us tremendously during the season. His passes got us three or four open layups almost every game."
That same talent was on display at Dave Telep's Carolina Challenge this past weekend. The free-flowing nature of the camp allowed Maye, son of former UNC quarterback Mark Maye, to show his versatility.
On several occasions he initiated fast breaks by grabbing rebounds and either hitting his point guard in stride up the court or by bringing it up himself. He showed his range from deep, connecting on several three-point attempts and didn't shy away from contact, particularly when he was matched up with freshman forward Harry Giles.
"It's an honor to be here, and it's just good to get out and play against some of the best competition," said Maye, a member of the class of 2015. "This event shows how much harder you need to work, and what's out there that you need to compete against to have a chance. I feel like I played well, played hard."
Maye said he expects to grow another inch or two, which would make him an ideal forward for most schools.
"I see myself as a '3/4' - a stretch '4,'" he said. "I work hard. I rebound well. I shoot the ball well off the dribble and spot-up, and I try to be a good teammate and I love to win."
In fact, Maye's favorite NBA player is one of the league's best stretch '4' players.
"I've always been a huge Dirk Nowitzki fan," he said. "I watched him when I was younger and I love the way he plays. But I feel like my game has kind of evolved a little into more like a Kevin Love-type player."
A love for Carolina is something Maye doesn't try to hide. He's been to many games as a fan with his parents, and was a guest of the basketball program at the Florida State game earlier this month. On Saturday, he sported an undershirt with a visible interlocking NC.
"I'd love to play there (at UNC)," he said. "It would be a great environment and it would be fun, because both my mom and dad went there. They say it's great. It's a once in a lifetime opportunity. It's just a great way to spend college."
Outside of his visit, Maye has had some communication with the UNC staff.
"Coach Williams and Coach (C.B.) McGrath both talked to me, told me to keep working," Maye said. "I've called them once or twice. My dad has talked to Coach Williams a couple of times."
Maye has offers thus far from UNC-Charlotte, Davidson, College of Charleston and Richmond. He's also receiving interest from some ACC schools like N.C. State, Wake Forest, Clemson, Virginia, to go with UNC.
NOTES: Maye plays left field for Hough's baseball team… He holds the school record in the mile run… He'll play AAU basketball for the Queen City Thunder… His mother, Aimee, was Mecklenburg County's girls basketball player of the year at West Charlotte in the mid-1980s.