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High school coach of Wright State transfer Julius Mays thinks Kentucky is a ‘bad fit’

May 14, 2012, 10:51 AM EDT

Erving Walker, Julius Mays

UPDATE: John Clay of the Lexington Herald-Leader, the first to report the news in the story below, has now pointed out that the account from which the tweet to Mays was sent could, in fact, be a fake. The account was deleted yesterday. regrets its part in the erroneous report.

Kentucky picked up a commitment last night from Wright State transfer Julius Mays, but not everyone thinks it is was a good decision.

Joe Luce, Mays’s coach at Marion High School (Ind.), took to Twitter last night to express the displeasure with his former player headed to play for coach John Calipari and the Wildcats.

“Just think it’s a bad fit at Kentucky,” he tweeted. “I just want him to be happy and successful. Don’t think UK knows him.”

Luce had previously told media outlets that he expected Mays to sign with Purdue, after Mays visited there this past weekend.

Mays began his college career at NC State, where he played two seasons before transferring to Wright State.

After sitting out a season in compliance with NCAA rules, Mays averaged 14.1 points and 2.8 rebounds for the Raiders in 2011-12.

Under the NCAA’s graduate transfer rule, Mays can play right away at Kentucky.

He will add immediate backcourt depth to a team that lost three key guards to the NBA draft this spring: Marquis Teague, Doron Lamb, and Darius Miller. He will be stepping in alongside Top 100 guard Archie Goodwin.

Luce also tweeted directly to Mays, saying, “Worried about this choice. Hope you know best.”

(h/t John Clay/@johnclayiv)

Daniel Martin is a writer and editor at, covering St. John’s. You can find him on Twitter:@DanielJMartin_

  1. imforbigblue - May 14, 2012 at 4:07 PM

    Lol that’s why your a High school coach and a homer for purdue keep your mouth shut. He wants to play for the best just worry about your little high school and let the big boys worry about UK and mays

    • waggonerjd - May 15, 2012 at 8:26 AM

      Looks like the writer needs to “check” his sources. Twitter account was a fake that tweeted to Mays.

  2. seanb20124 - May 14, 2012 at 4:51 PM

    Purdue or Kentucky? You decide

  3. kingghidora - May 20, 2012 at 9:35 PM

    LOLOLOLOLOLOL Way to go Clay and NBC! You clowns are so anxious to bash UK and Calipari that you’ll print ANYTHING without even bothering to check something as simple as a fake account. Did it occur to you to actually contact Luce? Obviously not! That would have ruined the hatchet job. This is so funny it’s killing me. Pass the plate and everybody get a big slice. You’re all going to have to take a big bite of it this time. You losers are so easy it’s ridiculous. Gee I wonder if Clay helped his chances at landing his national sports gig with this move? Probably did considering the people NBC hires to do their sports. If it’s a hatchet job on UK it fits at NBC. You might actually get that job you’ve been prostituting yourself for all these years Clay. You guys would make a great team. LOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOL

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