Sean May Interview

We're excited to announce that Jeff Goodman has joined the <i>IC</i> staff. Goodman spoke with Tar Heel target Sean May last night for an update on his recruitment.

Bloomington North High (Ind.) power forward Sean May has taken official visits to all three of his finalists – and despite chants of "We Want May" at the Hoosiers Midnight Madness this past weekend, the big man admits that his visit to Chapel Hill stood apart from the others.

"Carolina and Indiana are right with each other," May said. "My visit to Carolina went real well and was the best I went on. But right now, I am not ready to commit anywhere."

Instead, the 6-8, 250-pound senior said he will try and clear his mind for the next few days and then travel to Louisville to watch a Rick Pitino practice either this week or next week.

May attended IU's Midnight Madness, which was attended by about 9,000 fans at Assembly Hall, and then hung around with Hoosier recruits Bracey Wright and Marshall Strickland for much of this past weekend. May is the son of former IU All-American Scott May. The younger May often heads to the Bloomington campus to play pickup ball with some of the players, so he wasn't surprised by much on his official trip to Indiana.

"It's tough to say no to all of that, but I have to do what's best for me even though I'm very close to those guys," May said of his friendship with Wright and Strickland. "I'm also pretty close with (Rashad) McCants and (Raymond) Felton."

While May was, at one time, concerned with too many big guys looking at UNC, the prototypical power forward has never seen Jason Fraser or Brad Buckman play, so he is no longer worried. May has admitted that he isn't as athletic as many of the forwards that Matt Doherty was recruiting, but since Torin Francis and Shavlik Randolph committed elsewhere, it seems to have put May's mind at ease.

"I don't know how good Fraser or Buckman are, but right now I'm more worried about myself," added May, who averaged 23.4 points, 13.6 rebounds and 2.1 blocks per game last season.

May said that although he had little desire to go on an official visit to Louisville, he came away from the visit intrigued by the Cardinals and Pitino – although he is skeptical of joining the program because of the lack of talent already on the team.

May figured he'd be ready to decide upon his return from Chapel Hill, where he admits he has received the most pressure of the three schools to make his choice.

"When I got home from Carolina, I thought within the next two weeks I'd get it over with," May said. "Then when I got home, I needed some more time."

While May wrestles with the decision and maintains that distance is not a major factor, there's no denying he is extremely close with many of the current Hoosiers players and is familiar with the surroundings in Bloomington.

"Carolina has a great program, but it's just that they are 10 hours away and it'll be tough for my family to see me play," added May.

May is still uncertain whether or not he will get Texas Tech coach Bobby Knight's take on the situation, but he is sure that a decision will come before Nov. 4.

"That's when we start our season," said May, who has already qualified with a 2.9 GPA and an 880 on the SAT. "I'm going to get it over with before the first practice."

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