Luke David Maye (born March 7, 1997) is an American professional basketball player for the Ibaraki Robots of the Japan Professional Basketball League (B.League). He played college basketball for the North Carolina Tar Heels, winning the 2017 national championship.

Luke Maye
Maye (right) playing for North Carolina in 2019
No. 32 – Ibaraki Robots
PositionSmall forward / power forward
Personal information
Born (1997-03-07) March 7, 1997 (age 27)
Cary, North Carolina, U.S.
Listed height2.03 m (6 ft 8 in)
Listed weight109 kg (240 lb)
Career information
High schoolHough (Cornelius, North Carolina)
CollegeNorth Carolina (2015–2019)
NBA draft2019: undrafted
Playing career2019–present
Career history
2019–2020Wisconsin Herd
2020–2021Dolomiti Energia Trento
2021–2022Baxi Manresa
2024–presentIbaraki Robots
Career highlights and awards
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Early life edit

Maye was born in Cary, North Carolina, the son of Amie and Mark Maye, a former quarterback for the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill[1] Maye played high school basketball at William A. Hough High School in Cornelius, North Carolina where he made the Associated Press' All-State team twice.[1] Maye also played high school baseball for four years.[2]

College career edit

Freshman season (2015–2016) edit

Maye committed to the University of North Carolina without knowing if he would receive a scholarship. Before he enrolled, he was informed by head coach Roy Williams that he would be on full scholarship.[2] He was seldom used as a freshman.

Sophomore season (2016–2017) edit

In Maye's sophomore season, he recorded his first 10-point game coming off the bench against Davidson in December. Despite only having three 10-point games during the regular season, Maye had three more 10-point games during the NCAA Tournament.[3] In the Elite Eight game against Kentucky, Maye hit the game-winning jump shot with 0.3 seconds left in the game, shortly after Malik Monk hit a three to tie the game at 73 with 7.2 seconds left. He also had a then career-high 17 points in this game. For his performance in the South Regional, he was named to the South Regional all-tournament team and won the regional's Most Outstanding Player award. In addition, a clip of him attending his 8:00 am class the following day would end up going viral.[4] North Carolina went on to beat Oregon and Gonzaga to win the 2017 NCAA Men's Basketball National Championship. He finished the season averaging 5.5 points per game.[5]

Junior season (2017–2018) edit

Maye had a breakout season as a junior in the 2017–18 season. In his first nine games, he averaged 20.8 points and 10.3 rebounds per game. This was the best start by a Tar Heel since Tyler Hansbrough's senior year in 2008–09.[5] He ended up averaging 16.9 points per game and leading the team with 10.1 rebounds per game. On April 23, 2018, Maye declared for the NBA draft without hiring an agent.[6] On May 24, Maye announced his intention to return to UNC for his senior season.[7]

Senior season (2018–2019) edit

Coming into the season Maye was nominated for many preseason awards including preseason ACC player of the year. On February 5, Maye tallied 31 points and 12 rebounds in a 113–96 win against NC State.[8] On February 21, Maye scored 30 points and 15 rebounds in a 88–72 victory over rival Duke.[9] He averaged 14.9 points and 10.5 rebounds per game as a senior.[10]

Professional career edit

On June 21, 2019, the Milwaukee Bucks signed Maye to their Summer League team.[11] On October 14, 2019, Luke Maye was waived by the Bucks,[12] but was assigned to the Bucks' NBA G League affiliate, the Wisconsin Herd.[13] Maye was sidelined with an injury from December 16, 2019 to January 14, 2020.[14] On March 7, Maye posted 25 points, nine rebounds, two assists, one block and one steal in a 136–122 win over the Capital City Go-Go.[15]

Maye signed with Dolomiti Energia Trento of the Italian Lega Basket Serie A on July 18, 2020.[16] On July 23, 2021, he signed a two-year deal with Baxi Manresa of the Liga ACB.[17] On July 31, 2022, Maye signed with Covirán Granada of the Spanish LEB Oro.[18] On July 12, 2023, he signed with Tofaş of Basketbol Süper Ligi (BSL).[19]

Career statistics edit

  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

College edit

2015–16 North Carolina 33 0 5.4 .390 .286 .429 1.7 .2 .1 .1 1.2
2016–17 North Carolina 35 1 14.1 .479 .400 .579 3.9 1.2 .4 .2 5.5
2017–18 North Carolina 37 37 32.2 .486 .431 .624 10.1 2.4 1.0 1.0 16.9
2018–19 North Carolina 36 36 30.9 .430 .288 .774 10.4 2.3 .6 .6 14.9
Career 141 74 21.1 .460 .361 .675 6.7 1.6 .5 .5 9.9

Professional career statistics edit

2019–20 Wisconsin Herd NBA G-League 34 23.1 .426 .354 .921 7.4 1.8 .6 .5 10.7
2020–21 Dolomiti Energia Trento LBA 41 25.2 .419 .348 .805 6 1.2 .5 .4 11.6
2021–22 Bàsquet Manresa ACB 51 17.3 .407 .341 .789 3.8 .6 .4 .3 8.9

Personal life edit

Maye has three younger brothers, Cole, Drake and Beau. Cole won a national championship as a pitcher for the University of Florida, Drake played quarterback at UNC and was selected third overall by the New England Patriots in the 2024 NFL Draft,[20][21] and Beau is also a walk-on of the varsity basketball team at Carolina. Maye grew up family friends with NFL quarterback Mason Rudolph, as their fathers played together at North Carolina.[22]

References edit

  1. ^ a b "Luke Maye Bio". Retrieved April 4, 2017.
  2. ^ a b "10 things you don't know about UNC's Luke Maye". Charlotte Observer. Retrieved April 4, 2017.
  3. ^ "Luke Maye". ESPN. Retrieved April 4, 2017.
  4. ^ "When Luke Maye went to class the morning after hitting a game winner to send UNC to the Final Four 👏". YouTube.
  5. ^ a b Giglio, Joe (December 4, 2017). "Luke Maye's incredible, productive, impressive start: Just don't call it a surprise". Charlotte Observer. Retrieved December 14, 2017.
  6. ^ Giglio, Joe (March 18, 2018). "What UNC will look like next season without Joel Berry and Theo Pinson". The News & Observer. Retrieved April 9, 2018.
  7. ^ Jeff Borzello (May 24, 2018). "Tar Heels' Luke Maye to withdraw name from draft, return for senior season". Retrieved May 24, 2018.
  8. ^ "Maye helps No.8 Tar Heels roll past rival Wolfpack 113–96". Retrieved February 5, 2019.
  9. ^ "With Zion injured, No.8 UNC routs No.1 Duke 88–72". Retrieved February 21, 2019.
  10. ^ Bonnell, Rick (June 8, 2019). "Why, for Tar Heels' Luke Maye, draft prep isn't about a number. It's about a fit". Charlotte Observer. Retrieved July 23, 2021.
  11. ^ "NBA Draft: Luke Maye signs with Milwaukee Bucks". SB Nation. June 21, 2019. Retrieved June 21, 2019.
  12. ^ "Bucks release Jaylen Adams, former UNC standout Luke Maye". YARDBARKER. October 14, 2019. Retrieved October 14, 2019.
  13. ^ Rushkin, Jerell (November 7, 2019). "New-look Wisconsin Herd opens NBA G League season at home". Oshkosh Northwestern. Retrieved November 26, 2019.
  14. ^ "Luke Maye: Returns to action". CBS Sports. January 15, 2020. Retrieved May 12, 2020.
  15. ^ "Luke Maye: Strong effort off bench". CBS Sports. March 8, 2020. Retrieved May 12, 2020.
  16. ^ Borghesan, Ennio Terrasi (July 18, 2020). "Dolomiti Energia Trento announces Luke Maye". Sportando. Retrieved July 18, 2020.
  17. ^ Maggi, Alessandro (July 23, 2021). "Luke Maye officially signs with BAXI Manresa". Sportando. Retrieved July 23, 2021.
  18. ^ Borghesan, Ennio Terrasi (July 31, 2022). "Luke Maye agrees to deal with Coviran Granada". Sportando. Retrieved August 14, 2022.
  19. ^ "Luke Maye Tofaş'ta". (in Turkish). July 12, 2023. Retrieved July 12, 2023.
  20. ^ Batten, Sammy. "UNC football names freshman Drake Maye starting QB". Fayetteville Observer.
  21. ^ VanHaaren, Tom (March 6, 2020). "No. 45 Drake Maye flips commitment from Crimson Tide to Tar Heels". ESPN.
  22. ^ Nesbitt, Stephen J. (January 14, 2017). "'That's my boy!': The brotherly bond between Steelers QB Mason Rudolph and Tar Heels hero Luke Maye". The Athletic.

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