May ready to make splash with Dolphins

Published 6:18 pm Friday, July 29, 2011

Washington center Shaquoya May (24) drives past an opponent during a Pam Pack game earlier this year. May has agreed to play basketball for Brunswick CC next fall. (WDN Photo/Brian Haines)

She may have played only half a season for the Washington basketball team, but Shaquoya May certainly made the most of her time on the court. The Pam Pack’s 6-2 center averaged 21 points and 9 rebounds per game up until January, when she could no longer play on the team due to personal reasons.

The athletic and agile May was a force on both ends of the court for Washington and now the lanky C/F will look to develop her game even further as a member of the Brunswick CC Dolphins.

Despite her height and wide range of skills, May, who transferred to Washington after the basketball season her junior year, was not heavily recruited her senior year. However, the North Carolina basketball community is a small one, and a nice word or two from a friend helped Brunswick garner interest in the talented center.

“When I went and checked it out they had been interested in me because of a friend that recommended me named Mr. Rod Cantrell,” May said. “He had introduced them to me and they checked up on me during my senior year. I took a visit there and I liked it and decided to go there.”

Thanks to a little help from Cantrell, a former Terra Ceia girls basketball coach and WDN Coach of the Year, the connection was made, however, May’s abundance of raw potential cemented the deal.

“She’s agile, she can run the floor, shoot the three and handle the ball well for a big girl,” Washington girls basketball coach Allison Jones said. “She’s just such a versatile player which is why any coach would love to have her on their team.”

May said her diverse game was honed in Greenville as she grew up playing against anyone would let her on the court.

“My all-around game, I really got that from older males when I was living in Greenville playing basketball at Farmville-Central,” May said. “I was really playing with a lot of guys … They’re more competitive and it really changed my skills by playing with them. I got better at dribbling the ball and going both ways.”

It’s because of May’s ability to drive to her right and left, along with her soft shooting touch, that Dolphins coach Ashlyn Burke will play her as a hybrid wing/power forward a la Kevin Garnett.

“There are a couple of girls down there that might be a little bit bigger than me and tougher, so most likely I will be playing a four (power forward),” May said. “I really like to be on the wing and I like to drive a lot, but I can play any position they want and be okay.”