Oct. 29, 6:00 p.m. - The commitment came last night from Sean May, but the official statement is on hold for the time being.
May, who called the UNC staff late last night to deliver the news he was heading to Chapel Hill instead of staying in Bloomington, has been besieged by the local media and didn't have a chance to fax the written statement to the media today – as was originally planned.
"He didn't do it yet because he was swarmed and today was the first day of practice," said May's mother, Debbie. "They closed the practice off because there were so many TV people."
Debbie May said that the plan is to release the statement at some point during this week after her son gets together with his father – former IU All-American Scott May.
"I don't know when he'll actually do it," added Debbie May. "But he did actually commit last night."
Oct. 28, 10:00 p.m. - Sources close to the North Carolina basketball program have informed Inside Carolina's Zeke Martins that the UNC staff was told minutes ago that Sean May will indeed announce a commitment to the Tar Heels tomorrow.
Oct. 28, 9:30 p.m. - Matt Doherty will finally get a verbal commitment from his elusive big man when power forward Sean May commits to North Carolina sometime tomorrow.
According to numerous sources – some close to the family and others close with the three schools fighting to secure his services – the Bloomington (Ind.) North senior will release his intentions through a statement – probably in the afternoon after he calls the coaches.
While May's mother, Debbie, didn't exactly admit her son will be leaving the state, the handwriting was on the wall. She was candid in that Sean doesn't want to live up to the expectations of his father – former IU All-American Scott May.
"One of the things that made a big difference for Sean is that he wants to make a name for himself," said Debbie May. "He's going to always be Scott May's son, but we wanted him to have the same opportunity his father had – to go somewhere and make a name for himself.
"I think Bloomington people and Indiana people just have to look at Sean as a person. He's doing what he feels is best for him."
While May and his family have been careful not to divulge where he's headed, he has told several people from Indiana, North Carolina and Louisville of his intentions.
He had basically made up his mind, but wanted to speak with Texas Tech coach Bobby Knight, who coached May's father at IU. May went to Lubbock yesterday to take in a practice and also speak to the veteran coach, who is extremely close to the elder May.
"After talking to him, it looks like it's a done deal to Carolina," said one source close to the Indiana program. "It doesn't really surprise me that much because he talked a lot about Carolina on his visit to Indiana."
"Sean's called several Indiana players and informed them that he's going to Carolina," said yet another source close to IU head coach Mike Davis' program.
The 6-8, 255-pound May will finally give Doherty the inside presence he has been looking for. He averaged 23.4 points, 13.6 rebounds and 2 blocks per game last season while shooting 61 percent from the field and has already qualified with a 2.9 GPA and a 880 on the SAT.