CHARLOTTE — Even before he was announced in the starting lineup on Thursday night, Luke Maye’s name was greeted by a chorus of “Luuuuke” cheers from the crowd. But this time, it was for his accomplishments away from the court.
In the minutes approaching tipoff at the Spectrum Center in the North Carolina men’s basketball team’s 83-70 win over Louisville in the ACC Tournament quarterfinals, Maye was awarded the 2019 Skip Prosser Award given to the top scholar athlete in the ACC, an honor that made head coach Roy Williams especially pleased.
“It means a great deal,” Williams said in his postgame press conference. “And Luke's been a great student and a great student-athlete, many, many years all the way back to his high school days as well. His parents emphasized education.”
Maye’s parents were amongst the sea of Carolina blue in Charlotte, at a venue less than 30 minutes from Maye’s hometown in Huntersville, to watch their son receive the award for the second consecutive year.
“It was great,” Maye said. “I love coming back to Charlotte. I was talking earlier, we lost last year and it was tough playing in Charlotte and losing like that. And I wanted to come out and make sure that this time it didn't go that way.”