Garner (Garner, NC) standout James Mays has been pleased with his progress over the 2003 spring and summer camps. The 6-8, 215 pound Mays possesses outstanding athletic ability, but needs to develop his offensive skills to become a complete player.
That is what he has been working on throughout this year. Up until the ABCD camp, he was happy with what he had accomplished. Unfortunately he was only able to participate in two days of action before sitting out the rest of the week with a slight back injury.
“I think I’ve been playing well since, improving on every aspect of my game,” said Mays. “I’ve really been looking forward to this tournament, but unfortunately I got hurt so I had to sit out so I don’t injure my back even more.”
Despite missing most of the week with the injury, the experience was still a positive one for Mays.
“It’s very exciting because I have a lot of friends out here that I’ve met over the years like [Mt Zion SF] Roy Bright and [NC State verbal PF/C] Cedric Simmons,” said Mays. “I know a lot of guys out here. It’s a once in a lifetime opportunity that I’m lucky to be apart of.”
Mays is listed as a small/power forward prospect. He has the size, strength, and leaping ability to be a very effective low-post player. He prefers to play around the perimeter on offense and has been working on developing a consistent jump shot from 10-15 feet.
Virginia, Virginia Tech, VCU, South Carolina, and NC State have all offered scholarships. According to Mays, schools recruiting him like him somewhere along the front line.
“Some schools are looking at me as a small forward and some schools are looking at me as a combo forward,” said Mays. “Nobody is just looking at me to play the post because they know I can do a lot of things. Some like me as a combo forward, some as a small forward.”
There are no favorites for Mays, as he is concentrating on improving his game this summer.
“I have a lot of schools I’m interested in,” said Mays. “I don’t really have one favorite right now.”
As a junior, Mays averaged 16.5 points per game for Garner High School. He is rated a four-star recruit by both TheInsiders.com and Rivals.com.