As opposed to last year’s four people, there’s only one Tar Heel with a draft decision ahead of him this year in Luke Maye. The first benchmark in his evaluation process came and went with his absence on the list of NBA Combine invitees.
Next came some quotes Roy Williams gave to Inside Carolina that gave some further insight on Maye’s draft process. Williams revealed that Maye has several workouts lined up with NBA teams over the next couple weeks, and that he won’t have any final decision until after those are completed.
None of that is exactly surprising, and it’s exactly what Maye should do while taking part in this process, but it does give a little more insight into the timeline. It definitely appears this will be taking a path more like Theo Pinson or Tony Bradley than Joel Berry’s quick return during the 2017 offseason.
The deadline for exiting the draft and returning to school is May 30th, and from the sounds of it, Maye’s decision will come closer to that date than today.
As for whether or not he will come back, the fact that he didn’t get a combine invite seems telling, at least on the surface. That’s by no means a total barometer of what teams think of him, but you would think he would get an invite if he was in any sort of consideration. At least right now, it seems far more likely that he’ll return.
Still, all it takes is one team falling in love with him and making him a promise during workouts (or him deciding to be done with school) for him to go anyway.