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Julius Mays likes Train, loves Lexington and thinks UK underestimated Robert Morris

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“I think everyone thought it was going to be a walk in the park.”

That’s what Julius Mays said about the team’s mentality entering the Robert Morris game, the final game of Kentucky’s season and his college basketball career. Mays, who shined in big games versus Missouri and Florida, said on this morning’s KSR radio show that some of the guys underestimated Kentucky’s first round NIT Tournament opponent. He said he knew the Colonials would come out fighting, and that’s exactly what happened, as we all saw.

Mays also reiterated his comments following that game, saying he doesn’t regret a thing about transferring to Lexington. Even if he had known how disappointing the season would end, Mays still would’ve worn the blue and white under John Calipari for one year.

A couple other tidbits from Mays’ KSR interview:

— He doesn’t mind the “Uncle Julius” nickname.

— He enjoyed Keeneland, but didn’t gamble.

— He’s glad to see Poythress and Willie Cauley-Stein return. He believes they have more to learn from a mentality standpoint, not just talent. This team didn’t respond the way the 2011-12 Wildcats did when challenged.

— He is considering sticking around the Lexington area after college.

— He, too, likes Train’s “Soul Sister”

Article written by Drew Franklin

I can recite every line from Forrest Gump, blindfolded. Follow me on Twitter: @DrewFranklinKSR

29 Comments for Julius Mays likes Train, loves Lexington and thinks UK underestimated Robert Morris

  1. Wait and see
    11:38 am April 16, 2013 Permalink

    Wonder what Mays thinks of Archie’s decision.

  2. robbie
    11:42 am April 16, 2013 Permalink

    he and archie were supposedly close so i would have been interested in knowing his thoughts on archie’s decision. i think archie should have stayed 2 more years and really polished his game. would have been a win-win for both.

  3. HeSaidWhat
    11:44 am April 16, 2013 Permalink

    You can under estimate an opponent and lose but when your roster is full of All-Americans the talent should win the game still. UK’s talent didn’t win the game so I’ll say they had given up already as a team…maybe not some individual players but as a team they were beat before they even got to the gym.

    It’s unfortunate for him the season went down like it did and not sure what his legacy will be as a former player considering the results.

    Hoping good things for the young man and lots of good luck in the future Julius.

  4. Mays Legacy
    12:09 pm April 16, 2013 Permalink

    Too short, not athletic enough for a UK 2-guard, no handles. Forced into a bigger role
    than capable of filling. He did give a lot of effort and had pride.

  5. Boogie
    12:10 pm April 16, 2013 Permalink

    I think Julius should hang around on the coaching staff. He really knows how to play without the ball in his hands. High school guards don’t know how to do that at their age. Mentally, he was the best player on that team.

  6. Archie Goodloss
    12:10 pm April 16, 2013 Permalink

    They didn’t underestimate them, we just underperformed…. lazy, and just ready to get the season overwith so some could begin worrying about their “Pro” career. Sorry,I’m bitter outside of few playing hard (Uncle Julius is one those) this team did not give the effort we know they have. Just want to put last season behind and move forward.

    Thank you Uncle Julius for your hard work and leadership, you did the best you could!

  7. J in Orlando
    12:16 pm April 16, 2013 Permalink

    4 Mays legacy is that he was THE REASON we had a chance to make the tournament after Noel went down…he was a leader and a gamer at some crucial moments…if Cal’s first team had a Julius Mays they wouldve gone undefeated

  8. tombanjo
    12:20 pm April 16, 2013 Permalink

    that isn’t what he said at all.

  9. Travis
    12:21 pm April 16, 2013 Permalink

    Great interview with Julius Mays on KSR. Good kid and very insightful and funny. Wish him the best of luck in his future endeavors and how nothing but success for him.

  10. Limited-edition holographic flat-top
    12:27 pm April 16, 2013 Permalink

    Watching this past season unfold it was obvious that more time than not this team seemed to play to their competitions or what they thought was their competitions level. Mays will be remembered as a bright spot on this season past.

  11. RahRah
    12:27 pm April 16, 2013 Permalink

    Sorry, I don’t like to criticize members of our team, but once again, sounds like this guy is blaming others and taking none of the responsibility himself. Far too quick to point fingers, my opinion one of the problems on the team last season.

    #5 Boogie, I actually would like him to be far far away from the incoming guys and expecially Poythress who did not respond well to his browbeating at all.

    I do wish him the best and appreciate the effort he gave but I feel he messed up the chemistry.

  12. kymel
    12:44 pm April 16, 2013 Permalink

    I totally agree with RahRah and #5Boogie above. Not bashing, just in total agreement.

  13. JMFATZ47
    12:53 pm April 16, 2013 Permalink

    What on EARTH gave this team the idea that they could overlook anybody? Mind boggling….

  14. the Big Dog
    12:56 pm April 16, 2013 Permalink

    We love you, Julius. Hope you will stay in Lexington.

  15. Katdaddy
    1:05 pm April 16, 2013 Permalink

    Don’t know how that team could think anybody was a walk in the park. This team was weak period. The worst defensive team i can remember at uk. They couldn’t get a stop if their lives depended on it. Get down 6pts and hang their heads like they was down 30pts. I’m so glad we don’t have to watch that crap anymore.

  16. Cats in the NBA
    1:13 pm April 16, 2013 Permalink

    Mays did too much “coaching” and complaining on the court for my tastes. And yeah, he always seemed to be able to find someone else to blame for everything. I don’t know why everyone interprets all of that as leadership.

  17. Boogie
    1:24 pm April 16, 2013 Permalink

    11.) Julius Mays was mentally so much smarter then those kids that he was frustrated with how stupid the mistakes were. If you think Julius Mays messed up the chemistry you must not have watched 90% of the games. Julius was telling everybody what they needed to do on nearly every play. He was a role player forced into the team leader after the injury. Alex Poythress is too soft to even talk about. Poythress was the reason that team didn’t go.

  18. CommonSense
    1:28 pm April 16, 2013 Permalink

    Ummnnn.. the same players whom had just been schooled by Vanderbilt though Robert Morris would be a walk in the park? That speaks volumes about the team IQ

  19. RahRah
    1:31 pm April 16, 2013 Permalink

    Didn’t miss a game. He was invaluable in 3-4 games at most. In at least 3-4 more games, he bitched other players out so hard they gave up. Guess we’ll have to agree to disagree on this one. Liked the guy but he led them straight to a loss in the NIT.

  20. Boogie
    2:15 pm April 16, 2013 Permalink

    So you wanted Julius to just allow mistakes without trying to correct them? You just wanted him to watch poythress stand around and watch 75% of a game? So getting frustrated at a teammate for not giving effort caused them to “give up” on the game and therefor Julius Mays was the reason we went to the NIT? Just trying to get it straight…and if thats correct, I feel sorry for you that your brain works that way. Julius wanted to win so bad that he didn’t accept bullshit effort from poythress…I admire that.

  21. Catsfan1965
    3:09 pm April 16, 2013 Permalink

    Anyone who wears the uniform gets my respect and my best wishes, but anyone who thinks that Mays was a more valuable asset to this team than Poythress (as bad as he was)needs their head examined.
    1) Mays could not beat anyone off the dribble. On the rare occasions he shot from 2-pt. range, he only made 28 of 72 shots, a horrible 38.9%.
    2) His best stat, FT%, was not a factor because (see #1 above) his 2.5 fouls drawn per 40 min. was the worst on the team.
    3) Despite the fact that he played 82% of the teams minutes, Mays was only used on 14.6% of the teams offensive possessions, lower than everyone but Polson. On offense, the stats say Mays was standing around watching more than Poythress.
    4) Mays rebounding was horrible. His OR% of 1.8 and his DR% of 7.8 are flat-out atrocious and worst on the team. How could he get out-rebounded by Harrow and Polson?
    5) Mays other good stat was TO% (Mays and Wiltjer were best on team at 14.3% and 14.9%, respectively), but that was primarily due to the fact that Mays rarely dribbled in traffic and when he received the ball either shot it or quicly passed it. Sometimes those passes ended our best player’s season.
    6) Mays could not guard anyone one-on-one. This was not a huge problem when Noel was healthy. But after Noel went down, we spent alot of time watching Mays waddle after a guy who just blew by him like his feet were nailed to the floor.
    7) I didn’t mind him yelling at teammates to hold them accountable, but way too often he would get burned on D, or not block out, or make a bad pass and then yell at a teammate for what was his mistake. That’s a problem.
    8) You can praise Mays’ desire and effort, but realize that a team that is forced to play a plyer as limited as Mays 82% of the available minutes is probably headed for the NIT and both the stats and the intangibles suggest that Poythress contributed more to the team than Mays.
    9) I have nothing against Mays and everyone who wears Kentucky blue gets my admiration and respect, but let’s face facts.

  22. Mc
    3:25 pm April 16, 2013 Permalink

    I agree with number 21. I liked Mays. I was glad he came to UK and initially thought he’d get 10-15 minutes a game. However, obviously with no depth and no consistent shooting he ended up starting.

    I won’t give all of the stats #21 gave, but when we needed his experience and leadership in March, especially in the Arkansas and Georgia game following Florida, he was MIA. He averaged 37.75 mpg, shot 7 for 30; had 2 boards a game, 1.5 assists a game, while averaging 5.5 points a game.

    I did like his effort against Turner defensively in the second half of the TX AM game. Other than that he is what he is. Someone who got a lot of minutes, but mainly by default. I think he could have put up similar numbers as a specialist off the bench playing 10-15 minutes a game.

  23. RahRah
    3:28 pm April 16, 2013 Permalink

    I feel sorry for you that your brain works that way

    Nope, just hope for discussion without being insulting to one another, but whatever.

    Agree with Catsfan1965 except that I don’t think he should have been screaming at others and pointing fingers in faces when he was playing worse himself.

  24. Catsfan1965
    4:00 pm April 16, 2013 Permalink

    RahRah – Agree on May’s yelling. I meant to say that I didn’t mind Mays taking it upon himself to hold teammates accountable in theory, but in practice he was often pointing the finger when he was to blame.

  25. Bledsoe's Biceps
    4:15 pm April 16, 2013 Permalink

    Typical Julius….The rest of the team underestimated Robert Morris, but not him. They lost to Robert Morris because of the other guys, but not him. I appreciate the stats from Catsfan1965. They demonstrate my view of Julius. The guy is all mouth, quick to blame his teammates and all about inflating his value to the team. He was never deserving of the praise the KSR writers kept heaping onto him. I appreciate the limited role he played, but he was not a leader and never demonstrated exceptional heart/effort.

  26. Cats in the NBA
    6:25 pm April 16, 2013 Permalink

    Mays is not a bad kid by any means, and that natural instinct to CYA and always have others to blame for everything is the kind of “leadership” that helps people land safely into a middle management position at large corporations. So there are benefits to it.

  27. mudcreekmark
    6:38 pm April 16, 2013 Permalink

    We played like crap all season and we just got beat by God awful Vandy and Georgia and we underestimate Robert Morris playing on their own court? I don’t think that was the case. I think that we were just that bad. Why cannot we all just admit it, we just weren’t a very good basketball team. Robert Morris was better than us. Like someone mentioned above, usually if a team is much more talented than the other team, talent usually prevails. Well guess what,we weren’t that much more talented than Robert Morris. Lets just tell it like it is and quit making excuses. These players just wasn’t as talented as their ranking suggested. Don’t try to make yourself fill better by saying we underestimated Robert Morris. Robert Morris was the better team.

  28. Boogie
    6:43 pm April 16, 2013 Permalink

    @Catsfan1965…Why are you mentioning a 6’1 guards rebounding numbers? That’s like me saying Poythress is a bad player because he didn’t average 8 assists per game. And you’re telling me Poythress was a better defender? No, both were awful defenders. Julius Mays is a 3 point specialist who was forced to score is ways he was not used to. We can go on and on about numbers and get nowhere. The fact of the matter is this, Alex Poythress was ok with losing.

  29. Dee W.
    2:17 am April 17, 2013 Permalink

    They had no reason to underestimate Robert Morris…they were probably a better team than Vanderbilt, who we had just lost to by a wide margin in a favorable environment – and we were playing them in an unfavorable environment. That should have been a clue to start with that they would need to play very, very hard. Jarrod Polson and John Hood were the leaders during that game who didn’t act intimidated and took it to them and forced the turnovers and made the big plays – for that they deserve credit, but it isn’t a role they should have been thrust into by the others. They had no support. If we had gotten past that game we would have been in Rupp for the next two. Sad…but in the past. Time to move on.