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Mays arrives at UK, makes big step up

Julius Mays has only one season of eligibility left, he wanted to play at the highest level and he will as a Kentucky Wildcat. The shooting guard from Marion, Indiana will give the Cats a good outside shot and experience in the upcoming season.

Mays spent two seasons at North Carolina State, one season at Wright State, and he can play immediately at UK because he's a graduate student. He says playing at Kentucky is a step up. "Everybody, on this team in incredibly talented and incredibly athletic and ya know, I had to change my game up a little to be able to cope."

At Wright State last season Mays averaged about 14 points and shot 42 percent behind the arc. He can't jump as high as other players on the team but he knows he will contribute. "Just because I'm not as athletic as all the other guys that I can still play, still be able to score the ball and obviously I'll still be able to make shots."

When the basketball season starts Mays will be 23 years old and he should play plenty of minutes behind freshman Archie Goodwin and sophomore Ryan Harrow. Everything happened quickly after last season ended as Mays found a spot in college basketball's elite program. "I never imagined to be here. I knew I was good enough to play at another place or another higher level but I never imagined that I would play my last year in a Kentucky uniform. But I'm blessed to be here."


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