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Julius Mays working out for NBA teams

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Want proof of John Calipari’s unmatched ability to get players into the league? According to Chazz Griffith of, Julius Mays is working out for a few NBA teams, including the Milwaukee Bucks, Los Angeles Lakers, and the Toronto Raptors. Mays told the staff that he thinks he’ll definitely be picked up as a free agent as a combo guard coming off the bench.

Good luck, Uncle Julius. #KentuckyEffect

Article written by Mrs. Tyler Thompson

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41 Comments for Julius Mays working out for NBA teams

  1. Cracker Darrell
    10:32 am May 17, 2013 Permalink

    not trying to hate, and i hope i’m wrong, but i just don’t see him ever on an NBA roster.

  2. bubbleup01
    10:40 am May 17, 2013 Permalink

    Seems a stretch. No handle and not really that athletic.

  3. haha
    10:42 am May 17, 2013 Permalink

    Not happening…actually, not a chance

  4. Heyy_Fred
    10:42 am May 17, 2013 Permalink

    WOW… Jorts and now possibly mays??? you can not question cals ability to put players in the league… and @cracker Darrell, that’s what everybody thought about jorts… not a great career but he got to play for a lil bit and im sure that would make uncle Julius very happy.

  5. mark
    10:46 am May 17, 2013 Permalink

    not a chance in hell, but he has to go in thinking that way.

  6. matty arbuckle
    10:47 am May 17, 2013 Permalink

    I agree with 1-3 above. Mays cannot create shots, cannot penetrate effectively, and cannot overwhelm anybody defensively. Honestly, if he does make it in the league somehow, I doubt that Cal could take credit for that (other than putting him in a UK uniform). I saw no improvement in Mays’ abilities over the course of the year, and contrary to KSR’s undying love for Mays, I never saw him as a real difference-maker or leader for the younger Cats.

  7. matty arbuckle
    10:50 am May 17, 2013 Permalink

    Also, I always thought was a big whiner/complainer and seemed bossy to the other teammates. Kind of a finger-pointer, especially when HE would be the one getting beat off the dribble. “hey that guy just drove right past me, BUT YOU should have left your guy open and picked him up when he drove the lane…”

  8. JTack
    10:51 am May 17, 2013 Permalink

    Not going to happen. If he wants to continue a career in basketball, he needs to go over seas or get into coaching.

  9. jmfatz47
    10:53 am May 17, 2013 Permalink

    If Joe Crawford can’t get on an NBA roster then there’s no way Julius will either….

  10. Musehobo
    10:55 am May 17, 2013 Permalink

    Such hate (and negativity) from the BBN. This is why people want to play for Cal. He may not have a long NBA career ahead of him, but he’s about to realize what is most likely a lifelong dream for him…one he may have thought he’d have to give up on. CONGRATS to him, and screw the rest of you.

  11. we all should would for the NBA
    10:58 am May 17, 2013 Permalink

    Maybe i could go try out??? Really guys these arnt open tryouts!!! If he is there working out for teams somebody with a little bit more knowledge about basketball than everybody here has a reason to have him there.. Alot of hating going on.. Just be happy for the guy and wish him the best…

  12. Bomb
    10:59 am May 17, 2013 Permalink

    Wow, who pissed in everyone’s Corn Flakes this morning? Everyone should be happy that a former cat, who always handled himself well, is getting a couple of looks from the league. Another example of how UK fans can be both the BEST and the WORST.

    Let us all focus our energy on hating Corey Nichols instead.

  13. Bomb
    11:01 am May 17, 2013 Permalink

    …..and one more thing, matty arbuckle — YOU CAN’T CREATE YOUR OWN SHOT.

  14. WildcatByTheGraceOfGod
    11:05 am May 17, 2013 Permalink

    Uncle Julius could most like have started for the Phoenix Suns this year….they’re horrible

  15. NorthernKYcatfan
    11:12 am May 17, 2013 Permalink

    Hoping he makes it. I have just always seen him as an overseas player. Hope i’m wrong.

  16. DH
    11:13 am May 17, 2013 Permalink

    11 & 12) Thank you. If there wasn’t interest from teams, there wouldn’t be a tryout. He may be one of 40 people fighting for one roster spot, but that’s infinitely closer than I will ever be to an NBA roster. Whether you think he has a chance or not, at least be supportive.

  17. Cracker Darrell
    11:14 am May 17, 2013 Permalink

    he’s undersized to be an NBA two. you gotta be lightning quick to make up for it.

  18. Catsarefurry
    11:18 am May 17, 2013 Permalink

    The NBA likes guys who can specialize in something. Mays can shoot, the new generation of players besides a few cant shoot. It’s the same reason wiltjer will make an NBA roster. If you can shoot, sometimes that’s all you need. It’s pretty much the only reason he got a chance to come to UK.NBA teams love shooters coming off of the bench.

  19. asdf
    11:22 am May 17, 2013 Permalink

    Mays is obviously limited, but he does a few things well, including shooting and offering leadership. In a league that is getting juvenile by the year, the comination of those skills could find him a niche. Maybe.

  20. NBA scout
    11:23 am May 17, 2013 Permalink

    We’ve been watching Julius’s game. He has a nice pump fake.

  21. Aaron Craft's Rosacea
    11:25 am May 17, 2013 Permalink

    38 mins, 5 pts (Robert Morris)= vocal leader that can’t back it up on the court. Wish him the best though.

  22. JTack
    11:28 am May 17, 2013 Permalink

    10-Just because some of us aren’t delusional, doesn’t mean we’re “hatin”. I wish Julius nothing but the best, but let’s live in reality. Julius wouldn’t have sniffed the court on the championship team. He played last year because we were a bad basketball team.

    16-Just because he’s getting a tryout doesn’t mean there’s interest. These teams may just be doing a favor for Cal.

  23. AnthonyBBN
    11:37 am May 17, 2013 Permalink

    To all of you negative Nellies, stop it. Whether he makes it or not, we should support him. He is a nice young man and was instrumental in several of this past year’s teams better wins. He ended up playing a way bigger role that was expected of him, so be happy for him.

  24. Chris
    11:42 am May 17, 2013 Permalink

    Good Luck Julius!!! When i look at some of the players that got playing time this year in the NBA no reason Julius couldnt be a bench player somewhere, hes a good locker room guy.. Good Luck to him he gave full effort every night!!

  25. matty arbuckle
    11:47 am May 17, 2013 Permalink

    I forgot I wasn’t allowed to upset the BBN hivemind by having my own opinion. Obviously, I still wish him the best, I just don’t think he has an NBA skill set. And Bomb, what are you talking about? Of course you can create your own shot. For example, you can pump fake and get a player off his feet, and then drive a few feet around him and take a jumper. Or you can drive the lane past someone using speed and agility and take a layup. Or you can post up on someone and fake one way and go the other, or take a contested fade-away. These are all traits of prolific NBA-calliber players. You don’t see good players just hope that they are open in order to take a shot. Instead, good players find a way to score whether they are guarded or not. Julius Mays never did that this season, and my guess is that this trend will translate when he is playing against even better players in the NBA.

  26. Stop Lovin'
    11:49 am May 17, 2013 Permalink

    Telling people how to think or who they should support is absurd. As if NBA GMs take their cues from KSR comments section.

  27. Katdaddy
    12:01 pm May 17, 2013 Permalink


  28. john
    12:04 pm May 17, 2013 Permalink

    #4 There is a big difference in Jorts landing a spot on an NBA roster and Mayes. There isn’t a whole lot of 6-10 guys around. Guys Mayes size are a half cent for dozen. No way he makes an NBA roster. He disappeared for months at a time on a bad UK team. He isn’t very quick, not that great of a shooter, not a great ball handler and under sized. That isn’t hatin, its the truth.

  29. john
    12:08 pm May 17, 2013 Permalink

    If Mayes somehow makes it and I do hope he does, then Polson should make an NBA roster also.

  30. jbcruse
    12:14 pm May 17, 2013 Permalink

    Are you kidding me?….He has about as much chance of making an NBA roster as I do…probably won’t even play in Europe

  31. loltown
    1:00 pm May 17, 2013 Permalink

    28&29. His name is Mays. It’s in the heading for God sakes

  32. cig107
    1:03 pm May 17, 2013 Permalink

    I’m sure the NBA GM’als and Scouts that he worked out for and have interviewed him know more about his pro chances than a bunch of know-it-all KSR commenters…you should be happy he is getting a possible chance!

  33. goUncleJ
    1:04 pm May 17, 2013 Permalink

    If you can’t say something nice. . . you know the rest. Now as Coach Cal says – go follow @KentuckyMBB on twitter. We are trying to hit 34,000

  34. Steady
    1:15 pm May 17, 2013 Permalink

    Good luck Julius…even if you don’t make it, you will always be an all-american on this site.

  35. IndyAlan
    1:44 pm May 17, 2013 Permalink

    It’s been amusing to see the ignorant comments made towards Julius all year long. Most coming from people who have never played at a high level, nor do they comprehend the game on much of an intelligent level. Julius Mays might have been the second most important player one last years roster next to Noel of course, and easily one of the most CONSISTENT players. His leadership and bball iq go unnoticed to the untrained eye. He was the glue at times that held Calipari’s worst team at UK together. Yes he can’t blow by a defender and dunk on someone, nor does he blow you away with his athleticism, but his IQ would have looked even better had he not been surrounded by 17-18 year olds who clearly weren’t ready for the UK limelight. Without Noel in the lineup Mays arguably played on a better team the year before in leading Wright St.

  36. IndyAlan
    1:47 pm May 17, 2013 Permalink

    With that being said I hope he does well, and gets an opportunity that he may not have had if he had not chose to respectfully wear the UK BLUE! He’s the best player out of Marion, IN since Z-bo(Zach Randolph, so that counts for something haha.

  37. john
    2:02 pm May 17, 2013 Permalink

    He shot 37% from the floor and 3pt line. He isn’t a good shooter.

  38. Cats in the NBA
    2:37 pm May 17, 2013 Permalink

    35.) Nice speech (I guess, because I did not read the entirety of it), but Mays has absolutely no chance of ever being on an NBA roster. None. Actually, probably less than none.

    As a former Cat I wish him the best, though.

  39. IndyAlan
    4:45 pm May 17, 2013 Permalink

    @38 you attended UK like millions or your a former player? That would put your bball IQ on 2 different levels. Funny how someone who led the team in minutes was so awful & couldn’t sit the bench in the NBA alongside Archie. I just sat courtside for Pacers/Knicks and I’m pretty sure the weakest of the Hansborough brothers was on the Pacers bench so I’m sure Julius can make a team. Ill assume you have the “untrained eye”, that and reading a paragraph is beyond your comprehension!

  40. Bobbum man
    7:37 pm May 17, 2013 Permalink

    Love the guy…… But no freakin way

  41. catdaddyd
    11:05 am May 18, 2013 Permalink

    Good shooter? He shot 38% from the field.