Julius Mays

Julius Mays gives fans a scare in Kentucky exhibition win

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John Calipari has been extremely lucky in that his Kentucky team’s haven’t had problems with injuries. The general bumps and bruises come with the season, but rarely has he had to deal with a major break or tear.

He may have gotten one of his biggest scares in the Wildcats’ 74-28 victory over cross-town college Transylvania. Fifth-year senior guard Julius Mays went knee-to-knee with a Pioneer’s player midway through the second half and went down to the court as a result. Staying down for a few minutes while trainers attended to him in front of a deathly-quiet crowd at Rupp Arena. He left the game and didn’t return.

It could’ve been a huge blow because Mays is one of the unsung tools of a Calipari attack, the shooter. Since his Memphis days, Calipari has always kept a dead-eye gunner who can stretch the defense and open the driving lanes for the wings and slashers. He’s had that with Kentucky in Darnell Dodson (albeit poorly), then Doron Lamb the last two years.

Fortunately for Big Blue Nation, Mays was checked out by team trainers postgame and his ACL and MCL both look good. He should be ready to go for the team’s regular season opener on Friday against Maryland at the brand-spankin’-new Barclays Center in Brooklyn.

Great news for Mays, who could’ve been the man at Wright State as a senior, but wanted to win on a major level in his final collegiate season. And even better news for Kentucky and Calipari, who dodges the injury bullet in regards to his shooter.

David Harten is the editor of The Backboard Chronicles. You can follow him on Twitter at @David_Harten.

High school coach of Wright State transfer Julius Mays thinks Kentucky is a ‘bad fit’

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UPDATE: John Clay of the Lexington Herald-Leader, the first to report the news in the story below, has now pointed out that the account from which the tweet to Mays was sent could, in fact, be a fake. The account was deleted yesterday. NBCSports.com regrets its part in the erroneous report.

Kentucky picked up a commitment last night from Wright State transfer Julius Mays, but not everyone thinks it is was a good decision.

Joe Luce, Mays’s coach at Marion High School (Ind.), took to Twitter last night to express the displeasure with his former player headed to play for coach John Calipari and the Wildcats.

“Just think it’s a bad fit at Kentucky,” he tweeted. “I just want him to be happy and successful. Don’t think UK knows him.”

Luce had previously told media outlets that he expected Mays to sign with Purdue, after Mays visited there this past weekend.

Mays began his college career at NC State, where he played two seasons before transferring to Wright State.

After sitting out a season in compliance with NCAA rules, Mays averaged 14.1 points and 2.8 rebounds for the Raiders in 2011-12.

Under the NCAA’s graduate transfer rule, Mays can play right away at Kentucky.

He will add immediate backcourt depth to a team that lost three key guards to the NBA draft this spring: Marquis Teague, Doron Lamb, and Darius Miller. He will be stepping in alongside Top 100 guard Archie Goodwin.

Luce also tweeted directly to Mays, saying, “Worried about this choice. Hope you know best.”

(h/t John Clay/@johnclayiv)

Daniel Martin is a writer and editor at JohnnyJungle.com, covering St. John’s. You can find him on Twitter:@DanielJMartin_