Sean May

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Sean May
Sean May Paris-Levallois warm-up.JPG
May in action for Paris-Levallois
No. 4 – Paris-Levallois Basket
Position Power forward
League LNB Pro A
Personal information
Born (1984-04-04) April 4, 1984 (age 30)
Chicago, Illinois
Nationality American
Listed height 6 ft 9 in (206 cm)
Listed weight 266 lb (121 kg)
Career information
High school Bloomington North
(Bloomington, Indiana)
College North Carolina (2002–2005)
NBA draft 2005 / Round: 1 / Pick: 13th overall
Selected by the Charlotte Bobcats
Pro playing career 2005–present
Career history
2005–2009 Charlotte Bobcats
2009–2010 Sacramento Kings
2010–2011 Fenerbahçe Ülker
2011–2012 KK Zagreb
2012 Sutor Basket Montegranaro
2012–present Paris-Levallois Basket
Career highlights and awards

Sean Gregory May (born April 4, 1984) is an American professional basketball player currently playing for Paris-Levallois Basket in France. He was born in Chicago, Illinois and grew up in Bloomington, Indiana. He was a three-time all-state selection at Bloomington High School North, and was at one time a teammate of former NBA player Jared Jeffries. May was named to the 2002 McDonald's High School All-American team. He played in the 2002 McDonald's game with Raymond Felton and Rashad McCants, who would later team with May to win an NCAA Championship.

College career[edit]

When the heavily-recruited May chose to attend North Carolina, it was a major surprise to most basketball recruiting observers; it had been thought that he would stay in his hometown and play for the Indiana University Hoosiers. He had strong family connections to IU; his father Scott was a forward on the school's undefeated 1975–76 NCAA championship team and won the Naismith Award the same year, and his brother Scott Jr. played for the Indiana basketball team that made the NCAA title game in 2002.

At North Carolina, May made his mark as the starting center for the Tar Heels basketball team from 2003 to 2005. As a junior, he was named Most Outstanding Player of the 2005 NCAA tournament after leading North Carolina to its fourth national championship. The Tar Heels defeated the University of Illinois by a score of 75–70 to win the title, with May scoring 26 points on 10–11 shooting and grabbing 10 rebounds.[1] May and his father are one of four father-son duos to each win an NCAA basketball championship.[note 1][2]

Professional career[edit]

In April 2005, May declared that he would forgo his senior year at UNC to enter the NBA Draft. He was selected 13th overall by the Charlotte Bobcats, becoming one of a record four Tar Heels to be lottery picks in the 2005 NBA Draft. He started his professional career strongly by being named MVP of the Rocky Mountain Revue summer league. An injury in December, however, cut his rookie season short.

On October 5, 2007, May announced that he had decided to have micro fracture surgery on his right knee, consequently missing the entire 2007–08 NBA season.[3][4] The effects of the surgery affected him the following season (2008–09), as he experienced conditioning problems,[5][6][7][8][9] tiredness[10] and tendinitis.[11]

On December 30, 2008, May was deemed physically unfit to play, making Bobcats coach Larry Brown place him on the inactive list for the foreseeable future.[4]

On June 23, 2009, ESPN News reported that the Charlotte Bobcats declined to make a qualifying offer for the fourth year of his rookie contract, making him an unrestricted free agent.[12]

On July 21, 2009, May signed a one-year contract for $884,881 with the Sacramento Kings contingent upon him passing his physical.[13] On August 9, 2010, he signed a one-year contract with the New Jersey Nets.[14] However, he suffered a stress fracture to his left foot in preseason training and was released on September 7.[15][16]

In December 2010, May signed with Fenerbahçe Ülker.[17]

In October 2011, he signed with KK Zagreb in Croatia.[18]

In February 2012, he moved to Sutor Basket Montegranaro.[19]

In July 2012, he signed with Paris-Levallois Basket.[20] This reunited May with his former college teammate Jawad Williams.[21]

Career statistics[edit]

Legend
  GP Games played   GS  Games started  MPG  Minutes per game
 FG%  Field goal percentage  3P%  3-point field goal percentage  FT%  Free throw percentage
 RPG  Rebounds per game  APG  Assists per game  SPG  Steals per game
 BPG  Blocks per game  PPG  Points per game  Bold  Career high

NBA[edit]

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2005–06 Charlotte 23 1 17.3 .409 .000 .766 4.7 1.0 .7 .5 8.2
2006–07 Charlotte 35 8 23.9 .500 .667 .768 6.7 1.9 .5 .7 11.9
2008–09 Charlotte 24 12 12.5 .398 1.000 .700 2.9 .4 .2 .2 3.9
2009–10 Sacramento 37 4 8.9 .459 .000 .656 1.9 .5 .3 .2 3.3
Career 119 25 15.7 .458 .231 .746 4.0 1.0 .4 .4 6.9

Euroleague[edit]

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG PIR
2010–11 Fenerbahçe Ülker 8 0 12.2 .406 .000 .727 2.8 .5 .5 .3 4.3 4.1
2011–12 KK Zagreb 9 8 29.2 .455 .333 .692 6.4 1.1 .6 .3 11.7 11.3
Career 17 8 21.2 .442 .292 .703 4.7 .8 .5 .3 8.1 7.9

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ The others are Marques and Kris Johnson, Henry and Mike Bibby, and Derek and Nolan Smith.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Tar Heels win first national title since 1993
  2. ^ "Nolan Smith and Kyle Singler and a Crystal Ball Oliver Purnell Pursuing Greener Pastures Roy Halladay Deal Good for Baseball?". ESPN.com. April 6, 2010. Archived from the original on January 23, 2014. 
  3. ^ Bobcats F Sean May will undergo micro fracture surgery on right knee, miss season, October 5, 2007
  4. ^ a b Brown holding oft-injured May out until he's in better shape
  5. ^ Jazz-Bobcats Preview, "Sean May was active Tuesday for the first time since the season opener after Brown criticized his conditioning following knee surgery"
  6. ^ Paul's fifth-straight 20-10 game to start season not enough for Hornets "Sean May was inactive for the fourth straight game as he works on his conditioning. When asked if May is getting closer, Brown said 'a little bit.'"
  7. ^ Bosh's double-double helps Raptors edge past Bobcats "Charlotte kept Sean May on the inactive list for a fifth straight game for what Brown had previously said were 'conditioning issues.'"
  8. ^ Turkoglu scores 20 as Howard struggles in Magic win, "Brown said that May--who missed the 2007-08 season after having surgery on his right knee, and was held out of five straight games this season for "conditioning issues"--wasn't at the level he needs to be yet. "He's not ready to play like he's capable of playing," Brown said"
  9. ^ Bobcats closing in on Juwan Howard to help frontcourt "Sean May has been starting at power forward despite coach Larry Brown's concerns about his conditioning following knee surgery last year."
  10. ^ Okafor has 25 points, 13 rebounds in Cats' win over Thunder "Sean May was tired--again. Only this time, May had finally been effective for the Bobcats after months of slogging up the court in poor shape following knee surgery."
  11. ^ Bobcats without Wallace vs. Heat "Sean May is expected to play against the Heat despite being slowed by tendinitis in his surgically repaired right knee."
  12. ^ http://sports.espn.go.com/nba/news/story?id=4281247
  13. ^ "Kings and Sean May May Agree to Contract in Principle". NBA.com. 2009-07-21. Retrieved 2010-08-10. 
  14. ^ "Nets Sign Free-Agent Forward Sean May". NBA.com. 2010-08-09. Retrieved 2010-08-10. 
  15. ^ "Nets Waive Sean May". NBA.com. 2010-09-07. Retrieved 2010-09-07. 
  16. ^ http://sports.espn.go.com/new-york/nba/news/story?id=5544369
  17. ^ Fenerbahce Ulker brings in big man May www.fenerbahce.org
  18. ^ KK ZAGREB signs center May
  19. ^ Sutor Montegranaro tabs former NBA big man Sean May
  20. ^ Sean May heading to Paris-Levallois
  21. ^ http://www.newsobserver.com/2013/03/10/2694650/former-tar-heels-may-williams.html

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