UNC 'The Best Opportunity' For Maye

The tug to play at the alma mater of both his parents was certainly a factor in Luke Maye’s commitment to UNC. But it wasn’t the only reason.

Maye, a 6-7 forward at Cornelius (N.C.) Hough, has performed well at several high-profile events across the country during his high school career. He posted strong numbers on the EYBL circuit with Team United; he was among the leading rebounders at the NBPA Top 100 Camp.

Still, he heard the talk and he heard the question.

Was he good enough?

In his mind, the answer is, unequivocally, yes. Playing at North Carolina gives him another chance to prove it.

“The chip on my shoulder is something that helps my game and helps me get better,” Maye told Inside Carolina Tuesday evening. “I have confidence in myself that I can play there.”

After agonizing the last few weeks between a chance to play for UNC, and offers from Clemson and Davidson, Maye informed the Carolina staff of his decision to become a Tar Heel “a couple nights ago.”

“It’s a great university and the basketball program is unbelievable,” he said. “Coach Williams has been so nice during this process and the rest of the staff has been great. I felt like going to Chapel Hill was the best opportunity for me.”

“Coach Williams was very excited when I told him,” continued Maye. “He told the rest of the staff and they were excited as well. He said he was ecstatic and he was looking forward to being able to coach me for the next four years.”

Whether or not Maye will be on scholarship his first season as a Tar Heel is still a question mark.

“They said they’re going to look at it after this season and kind of decide then,” Maye said.

When he enrolls at UNC in seven months, Maye believes he’ll bring a lot to the table.

“They’re going to have a lot of great players and good scorers,” he said. “The coaching staff likes my ability to pass, my ability to help others and make shots. I can stretch the floor with my three-point range.”

Maye said the Wainstein Report, released last month, had no influence on his decision.

“I have trust in Coach Williams and the rest of the staff,” he said. “I feel like they’re doing the right thing. He asked me if I had any questions about it or anything, and that he would answer. He told me the truth and I trusted him.”

With his commitment made, Maye is focusing on bringing Hough a state title this season. He can’t help but to think about Chapel Hill a little bit, though.

“With my mom and dad having gone there, it’s definitely special,” he said. “They’ve always told me to go somewhere that’s best for me and I decided Carolina was that.”

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