Maze: Finding His Way

It's been a long road coming for 6'1, 175-pound combo guard Bobby Maze. A lightening quick guard originally out of the Washington, D.C. area, Bobby Maze has worked hard to bring his game to where it is and earn offers and interest from many of the nation's top basketball programs.

"It's finally come along," Bobby Maze said. "I worked so hard to and I've made it to the stage and all I overcame, I'm just glad to be here and be humble and appreciate it" said Maze, who now attends The Patterson School in Patterson, North Carolina.

This season, Maze has turned heads as he whizzed down the court, impressing coaches and fans alike with his speed, quickness, and ability to get a good shot. "My season's been great," he said. "I played on the best all around team I've played on. This summer I played with Tywon [Lawson] and [Kevin Durant], but this team was all high D1 players. We were working hard in practice and pushing people to get better."

On the season, Maze finished the season averaging 19 points and 8 assists while recording three triple-doubles on the season in leading The Patterson School to a 35-3 record.

With the season at a close, Maze plans to hit the weight room and stay in the gym to prepare for DI college basketball. "I'm just getting into the gym playing," he said. "Actually just getting stronger, especially staying in the weight room and keeping working. I've always been a gym rat. The basketball thing is coming along. I'm getting comfortable shooting the threes. I'm getting my three ball in a little better shape. It's good, but I want to get to the point when I'm at least three for six."

It's this work ethic – in addition to his eye-catching play this season – that has led DI schools to give Maze the attention he deserves.

"Wake has watched me play," Maze noted. "They've seen me play for a while and definitely came to the conclusion that they like my game. Justin Gray, he's a senior. They don't guarantee playing time, but they definitely like my style of play having that fast up-tempo game and they like my ability to beat the defender off the dribble and my midrange game. They want to get me up to campus for a visit."

It won't be that easy for the Deacs to land Maze, however. After all, the 6'1 guard has seen the interest in him rise exponentially in the mast month. "I'm also talking to Clemson, Illinois, Miami, and I've been to Virginia Tech twice," Maze said. " I definitely like Wake and the situation there as well as Auburn. Mississippi State is another school that talked to me a whole lot. I told them my chances of going there is as big as anyone. That pretty much wraps it up. Those schools are the ones I'm really hearing from."

To date, Maze has received offers from most of the schools recruiting him, though others are still waiting to be sure his ACT score is in-line before offering. "For sure I know I have a Virginia Tech offer, Auburn, Providence has offered, Tulane has offered, Illinois. Clemson and Wake and Miami are really just coming on to the point where they're really interested I'm trying to get the ACT situated. A lot of players have been committing and not getting the scores."

"I know I'm going to go to Auburn for sure," Maze noted. "I know I'm going to go to Wake. I know for sure I'm going to go to Mississippi State. The other two I'm not sure. I've already been to Virginia Tech."

"I've got to take visits," Maze continued. "Of course, I'll have five visits. After those visits I'll know. I don't want to commit to a school and not have seen the campus and what it's got."

"I could end up anywhere. There's no telling where I'll be."


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