"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.