Sean May Undecided Between NBA, Heels
May: Staying or Leaving?
May: Staying or Leaving?
National Basketball Expert
Posted Apr 11, 2005

The Final Four MVP says he hasn't decided between returning to North Carolina or entering the NBA Draft.

LOS ANGELES – Not surprisingly, sophomore center Andrew Bogut of the University of Utah was announced as the winner of the 29th John R. Wooden Award Saturday morning at the Los Angeles Athletic Club.

Mildly surprising – or maybe even distressing, if you’re a University of North Carolina fan – were the comments of the player who finished fourth in the balloting.

Sean May, who finished behind Bogut (4,314 points), J.J. Redick of Duke (3,552), Dee Brown of Illinois (3,003) and ahead of fifth-place Wayne Simien of Kansas (2,707) during the nationally televised announcement, said he still hasn’t decided to return to Chapel Hill for his senior season or enter the NBA Draft pool.

Tuesday, the day after scoring 26 points and grabbing 10 rebounds in the Tar Heels’ 75-70 national championship victory over Illinois in St. Louis, May told the gathering at a victory celebration in the Dean Smith Center on the Chapel Hill campus that he planned to be back for another season of college basketball, “and along with that, I’m going to try to get some of these guys (underclassmen teammates) to come back with me.”

Saturday he conceded that it is far from a slam dunk that he’ll be helping Coach Roy Williams try to win another title in 2006.

“I said it publicly (that he will return) at our pep rally,’’ he said at the Wooden Award press conference, “but I’ll sit down and talk with Coach (Williams) and weigh all of my options. It’s not set in concrete that I am going to return for my senior year, but it is definitely an option. If I look at the NBA and they say that you have a chance to go at a certain level (spot), I might take a chance and look at that option. As I’ve said before, I love college and I love college basketball. I’ll make a definite decision soon.”

His junior classmates, guards Rashad McCants and Raymond Felton, are considered almost certainties to enter the draft pool. NBA general managers and personnel directors say they wouldn’t be surprised at whatever decision UNC freshman Marvin Williams makes.

College underclassmen and high school seniors have until May 14 to file their intention of entering the NBA draft pool.

Recently elected to the USBWA Hall of Fame, Frank Burlison is's National Basketball Expert and also covers college basketball for the Long Beach (Calif.) Press-Telegram. He can be reached at Read more of Burlison's pieces at

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