Sean May, the 2005 NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament’s Most Outstanding Player, has joined the University of North Carolina men’s basketball staff as assistant to the director of player development.
Sports Illustrated named May the National Player of the Year in 2005. He averaged 22.3 points and 10.7 rebounds in the 2005 NCAA Tournament, including 26 points and 10 rebounds in the championship game victory over Illinois and 29 points and 12 boards vs. Wisconsin in the East Regional final. He averaged 17.5 points and 10.7 rebounds as a junior and was a first-team All-ACC selection that year. He is one of seven Tar Heels to average a double-double for his college career (15.8 points and 10.0 rebounds). He was a first round draft pick by the Charlotte Bobcats in 2005 and played five seasons in the NBA, as well as playing professionally overseas.
“I’ve always been interested in coaching in college basketball so it makes perfect sense for me to get started along that path at the place it all began for me,” May says. “Over the last couple of summers I’ve talked with Coach Williams about pursuing coaching as my next career. After 10 years of playing professionally I felt this was the perfect time for me to start working on my next career.
“Fortunately for me, Coach Williams is giving me the opportunity to do it at a place that means so much to me, which allows me to learn and develop under someone who taught me so much about the game of basketball. I’m excited to be coming home!”
“Sean is one of the smartest players I have ever coached,” says Roy Williams. “He’s made the decision that his professional basketball playing career is over after 10 years, and he would like to see if coaching is the next step for him to pursue. The position he is in will allow him to help our staff and show him what our coaches do on a daily basis. We are pleased to have him back in Chapel Hill.”
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