From 2002 to 2005, Sean May was one of the most best players in all of college basketball. When is career at the University of North Carolina was over, May had developed a reputation as one of the greatest of his generation.
After seeing limited playing time as a freshman, May averaged 15.2 points and 9.8 rebounds per game as a sophomore. This set the stage for a junior season that will forever be remembered as one of the best in North Carolina’s rich history.
As a junior, May averaged 17.5 points and 10.7 rebounds per game—in just 26.8 minutes. He dominated the competition on a nightly basis and, come the NCAA tournament, jumped at the opportunity to carve his name into the record books.
May led the Tar Heels to the 2005 national championship. He was named as the Most Outstanding Player of the NCAA Tournament and dominated the title game, pouring in 26 points and grabbing 10 rebounds on 10-of-11 shooting.
Later that year, the 6’9″ and 266 pound big man hit the NBA. May was one of four UNC players to be a lottery pick, going 13th overall to the local Charlotte Bobcats.
May played four seasons in the league, posting career-best numbers of 11.9 points and 6.7 rebounds in his second season. Unfortunately, May’s playing time was consistently limited by injuries and he was out of the league after playing just 119 games in four seasons.
After failing to make the New Jersey Nets’ roster due to a stress fracture in his left foot, May recovered and signed with Fenerbahce Ulker of the Turkish Basketball League in December of 2010.
May saw limited competition in EuroLeague and TBL action, with source citing his weight and conditioning as a reason for his limited opportunity.
May saw significantly more minutes upon signing with KK Zagreb of the Adriatic League in Croatia. He averaged upwards of 25.0 minutes in Adriatic and EuroLeague play, thus establishing the belief that he could be a reliable European player.
May would later sign Sutor Basket Montegranaro of Italy’s Lega A. He averaged a European career-best 15.5 points per game.
So where is he now?
May is currently playing with Paris-Levallois Basket in France. After years of weight and conditioning issues, sources tell us that May is in the best shape of his playing career—and it shows. The big man is putting up 19.1 points and 7.5 rebounds on 61.3 percent shooting.
8. Jacob Pullen
When you think of the word “dominant,” what likely comes to mind is the image of an interior bruiser who pulls down the rim. For Big 12 fans who had to play Kansas State from 2007 to 2011, however, they’ll tell you all about a 6’0″ guard who tore them apart time after time.
None other than Jacob Pullen.
Pullen was nothing more than average during his first two seasons. With that being said, there were flashes of brilliance as Pullen dropped in 20 points to help Michael Beasley and the Wildcats upset No. 2 Kansas.
The following season, he dropped 28 against Kansas—and so the rivalry was born.
As a junior, Pullen became one of the most dominant scorers in the nation. For evidence, simply check the numbers—Pullen dropped in 19.3 points, 3.4 assists, 2.6 rebounds and 1.8 steals on 39.6 percent shooting from beyond the arc.
He made 110 three-point field goals that season, including 93 during regular season games.
More importantly, Pullen led Kansas State to the Elite Eight. He won all Big-12 honors that season and firmly established his position on college basketball’s Mount Rushmore of active players.
As a senior, Pullen capped off his career with averages of 20.2 points, 3.7 assists, 2.9 rebounds and 1.6 steals per game. He shot 38.1 percent from beyond the arc.
Pullen received the Frances Pomeroy Naismith Award—an honor that is granted to the most outstanding player that thrives despite standing no taller than 6’0″.
Unfortunately, the 6’0″ Pullen ended up going undrafted as teams doubted his ability to run point or play as an undersized 2. As a result, Pullen opted to sign overseas with Angelico Biella of Italy’s Serie A and the Eurocup.
Pullen averaged 16.0 points and 3.3 assists in 32 Serie A games, converting 34.2 percent of his three-point shots.
After making an appearance on the Philadelphia 76ers’ Summer League, Pullen signed with Hapoel Jerusalem of the Isreali Basketball Super League. Pullen is averaging 13.4 points and 4.2 assists in league play and 13.0 points and 2.8 assists in Eurocup action.
Sources tell us that Pullen has a Georgian passport, so he will play for their national team.