Maye Tips-Off EYBL Campaign

SACRAMENTO --- The first and only live national recruiting period tipped off on Friday and Roy Williams decided to act local by watching 2015 power forward Luke Maye.

Maye, who attends Cornelius (N.C.) Hough, is coming off a junior season in which he led his team to the second round of the 4A state playoffs while averaging a double-double. A year ago, the under-sized Maye was one of the top statistical producers on the EYBL circuit, averaging 17.4 points and 11.4 rebounds per game. Despite the strong stats, his Team United squad was one of the worst on the circuit, going 2-16.

"We were not a very good team last year," said Maye. "We are a lot more talented this year so I'm just focused on trying to help my team win."

In the first game of the weekend, with the UNC head coach in attendance, Maye scored 12 points to go along with four rebounds, but his team won 69-52 over the talented King James Shooting Stars, which featured Duke commitment Luke Kennard and five-star sophomore V.J. King.

"We started off slow and I don't know if it was the jet lag traveling all day, but as the game went on we started to get more energy," Maye said. "I got in foul trouble early and didn't have my best game, but I tried to stay active in the post in the second half."

In front of Williams, Maye hit a right handed hook shot from just inside the left elbow and also added a three pointer. In the second half, Maye scored on a short left handed hook shot a few feet from the rim.

The second day did not turn out as well for Maye and Team United, as they lost both of their Saturday games. In the early game, Team United lost by two points to Northwest Xpress. Maye finished with 17 points and 12 rebounds, including a game-tying three with 30 seconds to go. Unfortunately for him, he also ended up fouling a three-point shooter with 0.1 seconds on the clock. In the night session Team United was blown out and while Maye started strong he finished with 11 points and nine rebounds on 5-of-12 shooting.

It's no secret that Maye has Tar Heel ties, with his father, Mark, being a former UNC quarterback.

"Right now North Carolina and Duke have expressed interest, but they both want to continue to watch me over the spring and summer and see how I do," said Maye. "Some of the schools that are really paying me a lot of attention are N.C. State, Clemson, Virginia, and Virginia Tech in the ACC. Also some schools such as Charlotte and Davidson and Gonzaga started recruiting me pretty hard recently."

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