In the experience of the NBA pre-Draft process, senior UNC basketball player Luke Maye learned everything he needed to know about his game moving forward.
"He wanted to see where he stood,” head coach Roy Williams said. “He wanted to get some workouts. If he had gone to the workouts and blown people away and they said we're going to take him with the 10th pick, you know, the plan would have changed.”
Maye, a native of Huntersville, N.C., decided to test the waters of the draft process on Apr. 23, announcing his decision to undergo workouts and evaluations without hiring an agent — which maintained his eligibility. After putting up 17 double-doubles and averaging 16.9 points and 10.1 rebounds per game, Maye wanted to know how far he was away from playing at the next level.
The ACC Most Improved Player and conference first-teamer completed workouts and had his game evaluated by the Oklahoma City Thunder, Atlanta Hawks and Charlotte Hornets, finding out what he needs to improve to be considered a top prospect.
"It was a great opportunity to see how the game is different and to see how I fit into the NBA system,” Maye said. “The biggest thing I learned is just how I can really develop and get better on the defensive end and also continue to try to become more of a playmaker.”