NBA Draft 2018: North Carolina star Luke Maye declares, does not hire agent

By E.Jay Zarett 24 April 2018 109
NBA Draft 2018: North Carolina star Luke Maye declares, does not hire agent

North Carolina junior forward Luke Maye has declared for the NBA Draft but has not hired an agent, the school announced on its Twitter account Monday.

Maye was a first-team All-ACC and third-team All-America selection in 2017-18 after averaging 16.9 points and 10.1 rebounds per game for the Tar Heels.

Maye has until May 30 (10 days after the end of the NBA combine) to withdraw his name from draft consideration and return to UNC.

"This is a great opportunity for Luke," North Carolina head coach Roy Williams said in a press release. "This is what the system is designed to do, which is provide players with an opportunity to work out with NBA teams and get feedback from those teams. Our staff will support Luke and will do whatever we can to help him throughout this process."

Maye was a role player for the Tar Heels as a sophomore in 2016-17 but had a breakout NCAA Tournament. He reached double-digits in three tournament games and was named the Most Outstanding Player in the South Regional. North Carolina went on to win the national title that season.

Maye was the Tar Heels leading rebounder and second leading scorer this season. He also recorded 17 double-doubles — including a 13-point, 11-rebound performance in North Carolina’s second-round NCAA Tournament loss to Texas A&M — and shot 43.1 percent from 3-point range.

Maye does not appear in Sporting News’ latest 2018 NBA mock draft.

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