May in action for Orléans Loiret in 2015
|North Carolina Tar Heels|
|Position||Director of Operations|
|League||Atlantic Coast Conference|
|Born||April 4, 1984|
|Listed height||6 ft 9 in (2.06 m)|
|Listed weight||266 lb (121 kg)|
|High school||Bloomington North|
|College||North Carolina (2002-2005)|
|NBA draft||2005 / Round: 1 / Pick: 13th overall|
|Selected by the Charlotte Bobcats|
|2015-2017||North Carolina (player personnel)|
|2017-present||North Carolina (basketball operations)|
|Career highlights and awards|
|Stats at Basketball-Reference.com|
Sean Gregory May (born April 4, 1984) is an American former professional basketball player and current director of basketball operations at the University of North Carolina. May was born in Chicago, Illinois and grew up in Bloomington, Indiana. He was a three-time all-state selection at Bloomington High School North, and was at one time a teammate of former NBA player Jared Jeffries. May was named to the 2002 McDonald's High School All-American team. He played in the 2002 McDonald's game with Raymond Felton and Rashad McCants, who would later team with May to win an NCAA Championship as part of the 2004-05 North Carolina Tar Heels.
When the heavily recruited May chose to attend the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, it was a major surprise to most basketball recruiting observers; it had been thought that he would stay in his hometown and play for the Indiana University Hoosiers. He had strong family connections to IU; his father Scott was a forward on the school's undefeated 1975-76 NCAA championship team and won the Naismith Award the same year, and his brother Scott Jr. played for the Indiana basketball team that made the NCAA title game in 2002.
At North Carolina, May made his mark as the starting center for the Tar Heels basketball team from 2003 to 2005. As a junior, he was named Most Outstanding Player of the 2005 NCAA tournament after leading North Carolina to its fourth national championship. The Tar Heels defeated the University of Illinois by a score of 75-70 to win the title, with May scoring 26 points on 10-11 shooting and grabbing 10 rebounds. May and his father are one of four father-son duos to each win an NCAA basketball championship.[note 1] May graduated from the University of North Carolina in August 2009 with a B.A. in African-American studies.
In April 2005, May declared that he would forgo his senior year at UNC to enter the NBA Draft. He was selected 13th overall by the Charlotte Bobcats, becoming one of a record four Tar Heels to be lottery picks in the 2005 NBA Draft. He started his professional career strongly by being named MVP of the Rocky Mountain Revue summer league. An injury in December, however, cut his rookie season short.
On October 5, 2007, May announced that he had decided to have micro fracture surgery on his right knee, consequently missing the entire 2007-08 NBA season. The effects of the surgery affected him the following season (2008-09), as he experienced conditioning problems, tiredness and tendinitis.
On June 23, 2009, ESPN News reported that the Charlotte Bobcats declined to make a qualifying offer for the fourth year of his rookie contract, making him an unrestricted free agent.
On July 21, 2009, May signed a one-year contract for $884,881 with the Sacramento Kings contingent upon him passing his physical. On August 9, 2010, he signed a one-year contract with the New Jersey Nets. However, he suffered a stress fracture to his left foot in preseason training and was released on September 7.
On October 1, 2011, he signed with KK Zagreb of Croatia. In February 2012, he left Zagreb and moved to Italy to sign with Sutor Basket Montegranaro. In April 2012, he got injured and missed the rest of the season.
On July 18, 2012, May signed a two-year deal with Paris-Levallois Basket of France. This reunited May with his former college teammate Jawad Williams. In the 2013-14 season, he played only one game because of injury.
In fall of 2015, May was hired as the director of player development at his alma mater, the University of North Carolina. He served in the position for two years, and thereafter transitioned to the role of Director of Basketball Operations in fall of 2017.
Sean May entered the NBA after three years in college, capped by an NCAA title in 2005. He graduated last summer.