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06/02/05 11:23 AM ET

Maybin: Ready for the draft

High school outfielder Cameron Maybin is one of the top prep school prospects in this year's draft class. The Arden, N.C., native from T.C. Roberson High School has five-tool potential and has drawn comparisons to Ken Griffey Jr. He's agreed to share his experiences leading up to the June 7 draft with MLB.com.

Hey everyone.

I'm watching Game 5 of the Spurs-Suns series, but wanted to take time out to write to you one last time before the draft.

Our season came to an end in the third round of the playoffs. Being a senior -- we had nine seniors -- it was a little heartbreaking when we lost. Most of our seniors are going to play baseball at the next level. We really thought we should've won that game. We gave a good team too many chances, and they capitalized on them. That's the game of baseball, but it was pretty disappointing.

I've been doing some lifting to stay toned. I'm getting ready to go out of town to work out for a team this weekend. You don't want to sit around for too long and let the rust build up.

I've been doing some light hitting with my dad. As far as I know, people who have been interested have expressed interest. Everything sounds the same as it's been from this point on. I don't know where I'm going to go -- I haven't heard anything. Hopefully, I won't get surprised on draft day.

Since I'm watching basketball, I thought I'd tell you a little about my history with that sport. I didn't start playing organized ball until seventh grade, but in high school, I was pretty good at it. (Editor's note: Maybin is a former North Carolina basketball player of the year.) I started getting recruiting letters from some interesting Division I schools like Kansas.

I've got a good basketball background. My dad's brother's son (my first cousin), Marcus Maybin, played for four years at Louisville. Rashard McCants is my first cousin, too, and he's projected to go very high in the NBA draft.

I sat out this season to concentrate on baseball. That was a tough decision, to put the ball down, but I think it's worked out for the best this year. I know I have the talent to play basketball in college, but would I do that if something didn't work out with the draft? I don't know, but hopefully it won't come to that.

Over the next few days, other than that workout over the weekend, I've got my graduation coming up on Friday. As for Tuesday, we're having a little get-together of family and friends, those who have supported me. I'm talking 175-200 people. What can I say, a lot of people have helped me along the way. Hopefully, we'll have a good celebration. I'll let you know how it turns out on draft day.

Cameron Maybin's diary is as told to MLB.com reporter Jonathan Mayo. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.