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Luke Maye got a standing ovation in class the morning after his shot sent North Carolina to the Final Four

A conquering hero returns to campus.

North Carolina forward Luke Maye has had a good week. He scored a career-high 16 points in a Sweet 16 win against Butler on Friday, then topped it with 17 in an Elite Eight win against Kentucky on Sunday. His buzzer-beating jumper was the shot that sent the Tar Heels to the Final Four, the moment a former walk-on came full circle.

Maye returned to Chapel Hill for class on Monday, because this is college basketball. (Please do not make Maye the subject of your jokes about UNC’s academic scandal.) When Maye got to class, he was greeted with a heartwarming standing ovation.

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Maye’s only going to spend a few days in Chapel Hill this week. The Heels have a national semifinal to play on Saturday in Arizona, where Oregon will be waiting. Maye needs to catch a flight by Wednesday or Thursday at the latest. But whenever he’s back, he’ll keep feeling the love for a long time.

Wanna watch Maye’s game-winning shot again? Here it is: