Hats off to North Carolina coach Matt Doherty, who pulled off a real recruiting shocker. Doherty's Tar Heels secured a commitment from big man Sean May.
May is from Bloomington North High School in Bloomington, Ind. Most experts believed he was a lock to attend Indiana, where his dad, Scott, starred for the Hoosiers on the last team to finish a season unbeaten. In fact, Scott May was Player of the Year on the 1976 squad that also featured Kent Benson and the backcourt tandem of Quinn Buckner and Bobby Wilkerson.
Sean May's dad, Scott, was Player of the Year for undefeated champ Indiana in 1976.
Many believed that the younger May would join a Hoosiers class that includes guards Bracey Wright and Marshall Strickland. That would have given Mike Davis one of the nation's premier classes. Sean May's decision came down to North Carolina, Indiana and Louisville with Rick Pitino.
How shocking it was when May opted for Chapel Hill and Carolina Blue. The Tar Heels add the big man they needed in May, joining the perimeter stars in Rashad McCants and Raymond Felton, arguably two of the top-10 players in the nation. This looks like a special class for North Carolina.
Doherty is also in the running for prized big man Jason Fraser of Amityville, N.Y. (on Long Island). St. John's and Villanova are also in the mix for Fraser.
What a special recruiting year for the ACC, baby! Everyone knows what Duke has done, assembling a class that guru Bob Gibbons has called the best ever, led by Shavlik Randolph, Shelden Williams and Sean Dockery. The Blue Devils hit the jackpot, while other schools in the league have fared well.
Maryland's Gary Williams is ecstatic with his incoming group. Paul Hewitt has done a fine job at Georgia Tech, adding Jarrett Jack and Chris Bosh. Wake Forest has brought in a number of future stars.
It looks like more good times are ahead for the ACC. On Tobacco Road, the fans have to be smiling. Doherty, a recruiting workaholic, has kept pounding and pounding. He endured a few rejections -- like Brad Buckman of Austin, Texas going to the Longhorns and Aliou Kane going to Minnesota.
North Carolina needed size inside and Sean May will provide that presence.