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Julius Mays to Kentucky

 

Steve Jones of Rivals just announced on CatsIllustrated.com that Wright State transfer Julius Mays has committed to play for John Calipari at the University of Kentucky. The news is huge coming off of a visit by Mays to Purdue this weekend in which many expected he might commit to the Boilermakers. Mays adds an outside shooting threat to the 2012 recruiting class, which was already rated #1 by many recruiting services.

 

Mays is a 6-2 combo guard from Wright State who averaged 14.1 points per game last season. Mays will be eligible to play right away for the Wildcats as a senior. The only question that remains now is whether or not Calipari is finished for 2012. Will Mays be the final piece of the puzzle or will Calipari try to grab one more big man such as Amile Jefferson? We will find out on Tuesday when Jefferson makes his announcement.

 

Welcome to the family, Julius Mays.

 

Article written by Ally Tucker

I once successfully requested "The Wobble" to be played 6 times at one wedding.

46 Comments for Julius Mays to Kentucky



  1. David
    7:51 pm May 13, 2012 Permalink

    Nice! Welcome to the Big Blue Nation, Julius! We’re glad to have you here!



  2. IWantJustA"K"OnTheFootballHelmets
    7:51 pm May 13, 2012 Permalink

    Sweet. Don’t care if I’m 1st.



  3. Yep
    7:52 pm May 13, 2012 Permalink

    Come on down.



  4. CommonSense
    7:52 pm May 13, 2012 Permalink

    WELCOME!!! GO CATS!!!! …#9?



  5. Old Henry Man
    7:53 pm May 13, 2012 Permalink

    Welcome to BBN!!!!



  6. HicksPickSix
    7:55 pm May 13, 2012 Permalink

    Immediate experience at the 2. This is a great pickup for next season!



  7. MJ4UK
    7:55 pm May 13, 2012 Permalink

    Puzzle Complete time to repeat, #letsget9



  8. Booyakasha!
    7:56 pm May 13, 2012 Permalink

    Three goggles up!!!!!



  9. Indiana
    7:58 pm May 13, 2012 Permalink

    Uh-Oh…



  10. Big Blue 66
    8:00 pm May 13, 2012 Permalink

    lets get Amile and go for it. mays was a huge purdue fan growing up, visits them last, and Cal still pulls him away, Cal is crazy good



  11. grail scholar
    8:01 pm May 13, 2012 Permalink

    you have chosen wisely



  12. CATSCATSCATS
    8:06 pm May 13, 2012 Permalink

    Welcome to the big leagues kid



  13. Ready 5
    8:07 pm May 13, 2012 Permalink

    He would have started at purdue and he still chose UK. Sweet.



  14. David
    8:11 pm May 13, 2012 Permalink

    13 I bet he figured he started at NC State and Wright State and decided it was worth coming off the bench to play for a team with a shot at the ‘ship his senior year.



  15. Nice work Cal
    8:13 pm May 13, 2012 Permalink

    Mays will increase our “margin for error” regarding a third straight trip to the Final Four! I love that he will spread the court and open things up for Nerlens/Archie/Alex/Cauley.



  16. David from San Diego
    8:13 pm May 13, 2012 Permalink

    What an awesome sign in Mays, can likely backup Harrow if needed as well. Wish we had one guy underneath who was a bruiser like Jones that will be able to handle guys like Stokes from Tennessee next year and Chane at U of L. Maybe that is Montrell from VT.



  17. bleedblue
    8:13 pm May 13, 2012 Permalink

    this transfer puts us up for a nother champshipionship



  18. Concerned UK fan
    8:15 pm May 13, 2012 Permalink


  19. phillip carr
    8:24 pm May 13, 2012 Permalink

    AWESOME. NEED A BIG!



  20. Isaac in San Fran
    8:24 pm May 13, 2012 Permalink

    18 – OMG A 20-SOMETHING KID THAT KNOWS HOW TO THROW UP THE MIDDLE FINGER!!!



  21. Not-concerned UK fan
    8:25 pm May 13, 2012 Permalink

    18, the photo is a response to someone asking him, “what do you think of U of L?” Mays is the man.



  22. WILDCAT44
    8:27 pm May 13, 2012 Permalink

    GET MONTRELL r maybe Jefferson



  23. Concerned UK fan
    8:29 pm May 13, 2012 Permalink

    21-In that case, he is the man



  24. Jim
    8:32 pm May 13, 2012 Permalink

    Welcome Julius. He is a heck of a player and a very good student as well. He has a bright future at UK.



  25. Jordan
    8:34 pm May 13, 2012 Permalink

    Bring on Amile and give us #9. Cal is simply amazing. We might end up being better next year than we were this year and that is very scary for the rest of college basketball. We won’t have another Davis but this team could end up being very well rounded. I still think Kyle will shock the nation next year. Our certainly like our chances now. Amile will be a great 6 man for us. Let’s go BBN!!!



  26. John Ellis
    8:36 pm May 13, 2012 Permalink

    Leadership, outside shooting. Darius redux? Welcome to UK, Julius. UK fans are crazy about Bball and just crazy. May you be the latest Calipari one year and into the draft player.



  27. BBN
    8:42 pm May 13, 2012 Permalink

    Montrezel Hazzell is the bruiser we need for our frontline, not Jefferson. Jefferson’s heart pumps Koolaide.



  28. Holler Baller
    8:55 pm May 13, 2012 Permalink

    Great! I wish him the best, too bad he will only be around for a year.



  29. Wildcat_Crazy
    8:59 pm May 13, 2012 Permalink

    #Time4Nine



  30. BigBlue
    9:03 pm May 13, 2012 Permalink

    Great news! While I don not know much about Mays, I am sure Cal is confident in his abilities…hopefully he can give us some experience and depth as well as SHOOT.



  31. Lineup
    9:07 pm May 13, 2012 Permalink

    PG Harrow
    SG Goodwin
    SF Poythress
    PF Wiltjer
    C Noel

    Off the Bench:
    Mays
    Cauley
    Hood
    Beckham

    We could add Harrel or Jefferson for even more depth down low.



  32. just saying
    9:20 pm May 13, 2012 Permalink

    seeing Wiltjer’s name at the PF spot, means good but not great team. Kyle can not handle that position full time, truth is truth



  33. just saying now
    9:25 pm May 13, 2012 Permalink

    How about cauley coming in to play center and noel moving to pf to give wiltjer a break? That is… if we don’t get harrel. I think we will.



  34. Cking9698
    9:28 pm May 13, 2012 Permalink

    I am very excited that we have added Mays. It says alot when you you have to tell the school you rooted for as a kid ” No thanks”.

    With Mays we have two succinct possibilities with our lineup and how Cal will match up with various teams.

    I am willing to bet the farm that Mays will be the last member of this class. Here’s why- if we take another power forward, there is a huge possibility that would leave us with already having 3 power forwards for 2013, assuming KWILT stays, with Willis and say Jefferson. Cal has made it cLear that he wants Randle as a top target in that class. So in my opinion he won’t risk adding another power forward this year. Trocha could be a possibility but unlikely as we two great centers already.

    Mays gives us a scoring threat,three point shooting, leadership, and someone for harrow to practice against.
    PRACTICE SQUADS ARE a factor.it was hugely important, and I believe was an overlooked fact in the analysis of Teagues development and the progression of last years team as a whole.. It also didn’t hurt that last years team got o practice against the Thunder, Heat, and several Kentucky Nba alum.

    That being said

    Practice this year:
    Harrow vs. Polson
    Goodwin vs mays
    Hood vs Beckham
    Noel vs. Cauley
    Wiltjer vs Poythress

    Mays gives us our 10th man, but as you can see Beckham and Poythress will have to practice out of their position a little bit.

    If we do not add another power forward, which I don’t think we will, but probably should if Cal was going to maximize this teams potential for just this year, we will see two possible line ups.

    Pg Harrow 6-0
    Sg Goodwin 6-5
    Sf Poythress 6-8
    PF Wiltjer 6-9
    C Noel 6-11

    Reserves: Cauley-stein 7-0
    Mays 6-2

    Hood 6-7
    Polson 6-1
    Beckham 6-5

    Above would be our big unit. Our only weaknesses would be Kyles foot speed and defense, & Goodwin from three point. They will be working hard on this in the off season and if they improve this would be a lethal starting line up, with three point shooters in Harrow, Wiltjer, and Poythress.

    The small/ quick lineup wold be:

    Pg: Harrow 6-0
    Sg: Mays 6-2
    Sf Goodwin 6-5
    PF Poythress 6-8
    C Noel 6-11

    Key reserves Wiltjer and Cauley Stein

    I believe we could see this line up frequently, especially if Wiltjer is a defensive liability.

    The drawback would be Goodwin and Poythress being a little small at these positions comparatively.

    The advantage would be an explosive offensive and defensive line up. This would be one of Cals quickest line ups ever. If you guys haven’t seen harrows recent mix tape on next cats, than your missing out. I believe Harrow will be better than Teague, and if Harrow can lob as easily to Noel, than this team is going to be overlooked as a potential threat to legitamitely repeat.

    This line up gives 3 point shooters for spacing with Harrow, Mays, and Poythress, with Goodwin as a possible addition.

    I believe this teams destiny rests on two factors: Wiltjers defensive improvement, and Noel’s offensive improvement as we move towards March. There is no doubt Kyle can score at will, and Goodwin is going to rack up some serious freethrow attempts by greeting fouled a ton, with his ability to drive.

    Possible Scoring leaders next year:
    Poythress 14.8 Ppg
    Wiltjer 13.1 ppg
    Harrow 13.4 ppg
    Noel 13.0 ppg
    Goodwin: 10.5 ppg
    Mays: 9.4 ppg
    Cauley Stein 8.6 ppg

    That’s a seven man rotation capable of almost 78 points and looks very reasonable with their skill sets. All are capable of 20 point nights, with maybe the exception of Cauley. I do expect Hood, Beckham and Polson to get a few minutes.

    With the addition of Mays I believe we are in a great position. This team will probably lose more games, and have a smaller margin of error- similar to 2011, but by march this will be a lethal group. If someone like Cauley or Wiltjer really turns it on, well then this team could be very special.



  35. Jus sayin
    9:35 pm May 13, 2012 Permalink

    34. are you serious?
    We might need a character limit…



  36. barn
    9:36 pm May 13, 2012 Permalink

    wow. when does your book come out in paperback?



  37. Capt price
    9:42 pm May 13, 2012 Permalink

    34. Good job.

    So glad for more senior leadership.



  38. Teemoney12
    9:49 pm May 13, 2012 Permalink

    34. I actually enjoyed that comment, thanks



  39. BigBlue
    10:00 pm May 13, 2012 Permalink

    I agree that Wiltjer will not be able to play PF full time and will struggle defensively in that position…it would be great to get that Montrezel guy from VT to get a little help…



  40. Paducah Fan
    10:01 pm May 13, 2012 Permalink

    Averaged 14 ppg for a team that went 13-19 last year, i’m not sold that he’s that good.



  41. STEVE!
    10:34 pm May 13, 2012 Permalink

    40 – He doesn’t have to be a 1st Round NBA pick, just a solid ball handler and outside shooter. He helps fill a need.



  42. Chuck
    11:14 pm May 13, 2012 Permalink

    Can someone help me out and tell me how he doesn’t have to sit out a year, I’ve been out of the loop



  43. Al (Cat fan in Canada) Lanman
    11:28 pm May 13, 2012 Permalink

    #42
    He has graduated, and can pursue post graduate studies anywhere as long as not offered at his original school (or so I understand).



  44. SeaBlue
    12:07 am May 14, 2012 Permalink

    Wiltjer needs to grow and gain weight and become a 5
    His lack of quickness means he will Never succeed at 4
    in college or pros.
    At this point he has the body of a girl, w/o the butt.



  45. figby
    1:47 pm May 14, 2012 Permalink

    wow! what a pickup. one more signee and we’ve got a calipari team with depth. (scary).



  46. Tampa Satchel
    3:12 pm May 14, 2012 Permalink

    Now no one can say Cal has never had a 1-n-done who graduated.