Sean May Bio: Net Worth, Wife, & Achievements

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Sean May is a former American basketball player who is currently working as an assistant coach at the University of North Carolina (UNC). 

Before being appointed an assistant coach at UNC, May served as the university’s director of basketball operations. 

Sean was well known for his rebounding abilities, which were his most affable asset.

He was named on the McDonald’s High School All-American team in 2002 and USA Basketball Male Athlete of the Year in 2004.

May With The First NBA Team, Bobcats
Sean May Played For the Bobcats (Source: USAToday)

Similarly, he accumulated the NCAA championship and earned the NCAA Final Four Most Outstanding Player in 2005.

Apart from being a coordinated hoopster throughout his NBA career, his formidable injuries in 2007 ended his long tenure.

However, he continued playing outside of NBA and outshined exquisitely during his international stints. In fact, he became a Turkish Cup winner in 2011 and a French Cup winner in 2012.  

Uncover more information about the former American-born power forward, Sean May, beneath.

Also, have a look at the quick informational facts represented below.

Quick Facts

Full Name Sean Gregory May
Birth Date April 4, 1984
Birth Place Chicago Illinois 
Nick Name Sean May
Religion Christianity
Nationality American
Ethnicity Unknown 
  • Bloomington High School North
  • University of North Carolina 
Horoscope Aries
Father’s Name Scott May
Mother’s Name Debbie May 
Siblings One (Scott May Jr.)
Age 40 Years Old
Height 6’9″/2.06 m/206 cm
Weight 266 lbs/121 kg
Jersey Number 42
Hair Color Black 
Eye Color Black 
Body Type Athletic
  • Former NBA Player 
  • Assistant Coach (Present)
The Draft Year 2005 / Round:1 / Pick: 13th Overall
League NBA & International 
Active Years 2005 – 2015 (As A Player)
Coaching Career 2015-Present 
Marital Status Married
Wife Grace Vargas (M. 2010)
Kids Four Daughters

  • Layla
  • Lilianna
  • London
  • Luna
Net Worth $3 Million 
Position Power Forward
Last Played NBA Team Sacramento Kings 
Social Media Instagram, Twitter
Merch Signed Card, Signed Magazine 
Last Update July 2024

Early Life & Family

An athletic hoopster, Sean Gregory May, was born in Chicago, Illinois, on April 4, 1984. 

He was raised by a supportive mother, Debbie, and an athletic father, Scott May, an American former professional basketball player. 

His father was drafted in 1976 by Chicago Bulls and played till 1988.

Growing Up In An Athletic Family

The competitive 6 feet 9 inches Scott May played basketball with the University of North Carolina, then several teams of the NBA, and received acclaim for his achievements.

He earned the NCAA championship in 1976 and NBA All-Rookie First Team in 1977.

Sean shared his athletic companionship with his father Scott May and older brother, Scott May Jr., who also retains a keen interest in basketball and played for the University of Indiana.

His father won a championship with Indiana University Hoosiers in the mid-70s and became the Player of the Year.

His older brother attended Indiana and made it to the National Championship title Game in 2002 for Hoosiers. 

Sean was expected to attend Indiana but decided to go to North Carolina and didn’t fail to amaze the folks.

Accordingly, May’s determination towards basketball perhaps showed up because of the background he was raised in and wrapped up his triumphant basketball stints with name and fame.

During his injury break, he graduated from UNC in August 2009 with a BA in African-American studies.

Age, Height & Weight

The formative former player Sean May was born on April 4, 1984, and assessing his birthdate, he’s 40 years old as of July 2024.

About his physical measurement, he stands at a soaring height of 6 feet 9 inches (2.06 m), and his body weighs around 266 lb (121 kg). 

May has an extensive frame and is physically powerful enough to epitomize himself down on the blocks.

Basketball Career

College Career

Sean May enrolled at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill after attending Bloomington North High School.

He played college basketball for the North Carolina Tar Heels from 2003 to 2005.

In his junior season, he was labeled as the Most Outstanding Player of the 2005 NCAA tournament after he assisted Carolina in succeeding in its fourth national championship.

May scored 26 points on 10-11 shooting and added 10 rebounds in a 75-70 victory against the University of Illinois.

Professional Career

The Chicago native, Sean May, announced to enter the NBA Draft forgoing his senior year at North Carolina University in April 2005.

Thus, he was selected by Charlotte Bobcats, a lottery pick with the 13th overall in the 2005 NBA Draft.

Moreover, he undertook his professional career exquisitely as he was labeled MVP of the Summer League Rocky Mountain Revue.

May With Charlotte Bobcats
May With Charlotte Bobcats (Source:

Unfortunately, an injury slashed his rookie season to brief on December 2005.

He missed the entire 2007-2008 NBA season due to microfracture surgery on his right knee in October 2007.

Also, the side effects of the surgery struck him roughly in the following season as he encountered repairing difficulties, tendinitis, and weariness.

May was believed physically incapable of playing, and the Bobcats receded to make a qualifying offer for the fourth year and render him an unrestricted free agent.

Then, he signed a one-year agreement with the Sacramento Kings and was added to the 2009 roster with players such as Kevin Martin.

In August 2010, he signed a one-year deal with the New Jersey Nets and was released in September 2010 due to a stress fracture to his left foot in preseason training.

International Teams

Accordingly, he signed with Finerbahçe Ülker of Turkey in November 2010 for the 2010-11 season.

In October 2011, he signed with KK Zagreb of Croatia, split up his way with Zagreb, and rolled to Sutor Basket Montenegro of Italy in February 2012.

After that, he signed a two-year contract with Paris-Levallois Basket of France in July 2012.

May appeared in only one game in the 2013-14 season due to the injury.

In November 2014, he signed SPO Rouen Basket of France, and he departed with Rouen in December 2014 and signed with Orléans Loiret Basket.

Coaching Career

Sean May was hired as the director of player development at his alma mater, the University of North Carolina, in 2015.

He held that position for two years and later switched to director of basketball operations in 2017.

Then, he accepted a promotion from the director of basketball operations to one of the three on-the-bench assistants spots in 2021 and has been serving his assistant role to date.

Sean works under the head coach Hubert Davis, with two other assistant coaches.

UNC competes in the NCAA Division I, and Sean is focused on improving the game and helping the athlete to shine. 

On February 1, 2023, the entire North Carolina basketball staff went to Pittsboro, N.C., to watch the class of 2024 five-star forward Jarin Stevenson, where his high school won 56-50. 

But whether he will join UNC or not will be decided at the end of the summer. 

Awards & Achievements

Sean May had an exalted basketball career starting from 2005 to 2015, during which he earned numerous honors for his accomplishments and dedication.

He earned supplementary recognition playing in the NBA and internationally and gathered a bunch of awards and achievements to intensify his stature.

  • French League Best Scorer (2013)
  • French Cup winner (2013)
  • Final MVP in French Cup (2013)
  • Turkish Cup winner ( 2011)
  • Turkish League champion (2011)
  • NCAA champion (2005)
  • NCAA Final Four Most Outstanding Player (2005)
  • First-team All-ACC (2005)
  • Second-team All-ACC (2004)
  • Consensus second-team All-American (2005)
  • No. 42 honored by North Carolina Tar Heels
  • First-team Parade All-American (2002)
  • McDonald’s All-American (2002)
  • Indiana Mr. Basketball (2002)
  • USA Basketball Male Athlete of the Year (2004)


  • FIBA Americas U20 Championship (2004) – Gold Medal 

Net Worth & Salary

A distinguished former hoopster, Sean May, has a net worth of $3 million as of 2024.

Addressing his salary, in the 2009-10 season, he earned $884,881 with the Sacramento Kings.

In the 2008-09 season with Charlotte Hornets, he amassed $2,661,027; in 2007-08, he earned $1,862,160.

Accordingly, in the 2006-07 season, he accumulated $1,740,720 with the Hornets, and his previous season’s salary was $1,619,280. 

Wife & Kids

Tall and graceful player Sean May is married to a gorgeous lady Grace Vargas.

May made his first move and affirmed his heart to Grace at 26. Grace was a bartender when they first met, and it was love at first sight.

May With His Adorable Daughters
May With His Adorable Daughters (Source: Instagram)

Then, after dating for several years, the couple got married in August 2010 and were blessed with four daughters; Layla, Lilianna, London, and Luna.

The Sean May Foundation

The Sean May Foundation is a non-profit organization established in 2005 by the American-born professional basketball player and coach Sean May.

The foundation was born to educate, enrich and empower the youth in North Carolina.

As the foundation believes that youth represent the future, keeping that focus, the purpose of the foundation is to positively impact and enhance youth’s lives.

Social Media Presence

Sean May is quite an active persona on social media, specifically on Twitter and Instagram.

Sean With His Wife During His Wedding Days
Sean With His Wife During His Wedding Day (Source: Instagram)

His bio on Twitter explains his intuitions; it states,

“I Speak My Mind With Respect…Basketball is My Life…Child of God…Husband…Father…Son…Friend…Proud to be a Member of the TarHeel Family.”

  • Twitter: 42.8K Followers
  • Instagram: 34.1K Followers 

Popularity Graph

The former NBA player Sean May is still being searched by his fans and followers. They are eager to know his present and future endeavors. 

Sean May Search Graph 2023
Sean May Search Graph 2023 (Source: Google Trend)

The above graph illustrates his last 12 months’ search interest. 

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Does Sean May have tattoos?

Sean has carved a tattoo on his left arm in Chinese, which folks found a little laughable as the player misunderstood the translation of the two characters inked on his arm. In addition, he also has a tattoo on his right arm.

Does Sean May have NBA ring?

Sean May played with two different NBA teams, Charlotte Bobcats from 2005 to 2009 and Sacramento Kings from 2009 to 2010. However, he didn't amass an NBA ring during his team tenure.

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