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Sean May steps on the floor for the Bloomington Red. He immediately takes control of his team, pointing teammates to get into position, overlooking the court to make sure everything is in place. Having seen May in action for more than two years now -- I've become familiar with his mindset -- the mindset of a leader.
After corralling a rebound on the defensive glass, he pivots and starts to bring the ball up the floor until he finds his point guard near the half court line. He then settles into his area of offensive expertise -- the post.
Establishing position has never been a problem for May, the brute 260-pound power forward with a broad, thick torso. He gets the able defender on his back and demands the ball with his left arm raised high in the air. Upon receiving the ball, he aggressively rams his heavy body into the able defender and steps back for a beautiful fade away jump-shot.
The able defender was Shavlik Randolph by the way. And Randolph looks like he doesn't know what just hit him.
Later, May grabs a loose ball, and sprints down the floor, handling the ball like a wing forward with a few slick cross-overs, all while dribbling the ball very low through traffic. He pulls up, right of the key and drains a high release three-pointer in the face of two defenders.
Sitting courtside, I felt my eyes get larger as I had never expected this Indiana big man to have such a fluid outside jump shot -- because this was a new dimension of May -- one that I hadn't seen before.
But before drawing conclusions of how good of a shooter May is -- let's just see him try this a few times.
Two plays later, the ball swings around to May left of the key -- swish. Again, another three-pointer.
And later in the game -- swish again. You got it -- another three point bomb.
We always knew the interior forward had the post moves, the sound footwork, the mature mindset, the natural leadership, the soft touch from mid-range and the strong body. But now, he had shown the coaches who sat courtside of his new scoring tool -- the three-point stroke.
And it was a beautiful stroke.
Game summary, May dropped 37 points (3-5 3pt.), grabbed 14 rebounds and handed out five assists against the Raleigh Heat which included Duke commitment Michael Thompson and everyone's All-American Shavlik Randolph.