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The Year After
ALAN SHIPNUCK
March 20, 2006
March Madness rekindles plenty of fond memories for these four ex-North Carolina stars, who have gone from national champs and first-round picks to the depths of the NBA standings
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March 20, 2006

The Year After

March Madness rekindles plenty of fond memories for these four ex-North Carolina stars, who have gone from national champs and first-round picks to the depths of the NBA standings

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"I think they like it," he says, deadpan.

Growing up as the son of Indiana All-America Scott May, Sean has always been at ease in the public eye. Since injuring his right knee in September he has had two surgeries to repair the cartilage, but while sidelined, he has, somewhat paradoxically, become the public face of the Bobcats. He has signed jerseys for an hour after home games, gone to dinner with fans as part of a radio promotion and occasionally taken the mike to address the crowd during pregame warmups. "They're definitely getting their money out of me," says May, who will make $1.6 million this season.

He had once envisioned staying in Chapel Hill for four years, and his dad tried to talk him into staying in school, but with the momentum of his Final Four performance and with McCants and Felton set on going pro, May couldn't say no, either, and his current injury has convinced him that he made the right decision. "If I'd had this knee injury while I was in school, I might have never made it to the league," he says. "I might have been stuck overseas."

And yet May has never felt more adrift. Out since December, May, who averaged 8.2 points and 4.7 rebounds in 23 games, is uncertain about his return this season. Because injured Bobcats often don't travel with the team, May has spent much of the last two-plus months in his apartment, watching Charlotte on TV. "I don't see the guys for, like, eight days," he says. "You call them up, they're too busy for you. I haven't been able to talk to anybody, I haven't been able to complain to anybody. It's killing me!"

The loquacious May is already looking forward to the summer, when he can return to Chapel Hill to play ball with--and yap at--his buddies and take classes toward his degree in communications studies. May, who describes himself as "very single," has other motives for looking forward to summer school, as was obvious in this exchange with Felton over lunch at Simmons.

"I can't wait to get to know some of those incoming freshmen," May said.

"C'mon--freshmen?"

"Hey, why not?"

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