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Keldon Johnson and Tyler Herro share their thoughts on Tyrese Maxey’s potential reclassification to 2018


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This was a recruiting week for the ages at Kentucky – and as we learned on Wednesday afternoon it might not be over just yet.

That’s because after Kentucky received a surprise commitment from five-star forward E.J. Montgomery on Monday and then followed it up with a commitment from 2019 point guard Ashton Hagans on Tuesday, news began to leak Wednesday that John Calipari is still on the hunt for another five-star prospect. That player would be Tyrese Maxey, a guard from Texas in the class of 2019.

Still, the story with Maxey isn’t necessarily that Calipari is interested in bringing him to Lexington, but instead, when he might arrive. That’s because like Hagans, there’s real talk that Maxey – again a 2019 prospect – could reclassify to 2018 and join next year’s Kentucky roster.

Since the Maxey news broke Wednesday it seems like just about everyone has an opinion on it – including two members of the 2018 Kentucky recruiting class.

That would be Keldon Johnson and Tyler Herro. Both are in Portland, Oregon for the Nike Hoops Summit, and each shared their thoughts on Maxey and what he could potentially bring to the Wildcats.

“I know Tyrese Maxey pretty well,” Johnson said. “He’s from Texas. I talk to him a lot.”

Johnson continued.

“He’s a dynamic player, really good. We’d love to have him whether it’s this year or next year. I think it’d be a really good fit for him.”

Then there was Herro. He spoke to WLAN’s Curtis Burch on Thursday and admitted that he didn’t know much about Maxey, other than a few games on the Nike EYBL circuit last summer. Still, Herro admitted that he would welcome the challenge if Maxey decided to commit, even if he isn’t totally sure on how all the puzzle pieces would fit.

“Yeah I would [welcome the competition],” Herro said. “But if Ashton [Hagans] reclassified I think we have a lot of guards already, especially if Quade [Green] stays around. If everybody stays around, we have a lot of guards already. That’s between him and Coach Cal.”

In theory, were Maxey to reclassify, Herro is right, it would make for a loaded backcourt in Lexington next season. As of right now Green is expected back as a sophomore, and Jemarl Baker will return after missing all of the 2017-2018 season with an injury. Then there are Herro and Immanuel Quickley coming in with the freshman class, and the very real possibility that Hagans will come with them. Herro said he expects Hagans to know if he’ll be eligible to play in 2018-2019 no later than August.

Adding Maxey would make for six potentially big-time All-American guards in next year’s lineup, a loaded backcourt (and first world problem) if ever there was one.

Still, as fun as the idea of adding Maxey into next year’s backcourt may be for Wildcats, the reality is that it’s a long ways away.

While Maxey has remained optimistic about the possibility, his guardian told SEC Country’s Kyle Tucker that he’s “99 percent sure” Maxey will stay in the class of 2019.

Article written by Aaron Torres

Aaron Torres is covering football and basketball for KSR this season after four years at Fox Sports. Follow him on Twitter @Aaron_Torres, Facebook or e-mail at ATorres00@gmail.com. He is also the author of the only book written on the Calipari era, “One and Fun: A Behind the Scenes Look at John Calipari and the 2010 Kentucky Wildcats.”

17 responses to “Keldon Johnson and Tyler Herro share their thoughts on Tyrese Maxey’s potential reclassification to 2018”

  1. UK_fac_boi

    Captian America is going to die in Infinity War, and I’m not ready to accept this fact.

  2. Cletis75

    Like I said in another thread, run a three guard lineup with a pressing/trapping style defense and an up tempo offense and just wear teams out with fresh bodies. You don’t have to worry about tired bodies or foul trouble, just keep throwing fresh shooter after fresh shooter at them. A team like this is what I was imagining when Cal came here. Play fast and loose and average over 100 points a game. Wit multiple guards who can drive and shoot, the dribble drive should look a lot like Villanova’s recent teams. A little younger, but a bit more talented. The trick will be finding a Jalen Brunson type guard. Villanova never done anything in the tournament without him.

    1. satcheluk

      Cal is not Pitino, so let it go.

  3. Cletis75

    I don’t think Herron has anything to worry about with his skillset. He will definitely get a lot of minutes with the stroke he has been displaying. He will be very valuable in a guard heavy lineup.

    1. Cletis75

      Herro not Herron

    2. unbridled

      I’m anxious to see Herro play this fall. The kid is a baller. I just hope he can play on the defensive side of the ball as well.

  4. shelby

    Cal is hoping either hagans or maxey reclassifies; he’ll take whichever does first. The other he’ll likely talk into coming next year.

  5. wyatts1

    All that, then a quote at the end that maxxey will 99% remain in his original class ????click bait again, with the SAME TYPE OF STORIEE!!

    1. UK Big Board Update

      Yeah. Its a website that generates revenue. Are you new?

  6. makeitstop

    And has anyone outside KSR said anything about Green not staying? He’s said he welcomes the competition. He’s the most experienced guard. He’s the guy to beat and people are speculating he’s transferring without any evidence whatsoever I’ve seen. Why?

    1. unbridled

      Green will be an integral component to how far the cats will advance this year.

    2. satcheluk

      Where did you see him quoted saying he welcomed the competition?

  7. Jiminy Crickets

    Herro’s quote didn’t sound like he likes the idea. Don’t know much about him, we already have a lot of guards, that’s between him and Cal

    To me, of all the people that should feel slighted, it’s not Quade, it’s Quickley. He was only PG to get an offer, committed early and helped recruit Johnson, now he may be 2nd or 3rd string at either the 1 or the 2

  8. Jiminy Crickets

    Have herro and Quickley signed LOIs? If maxey came on, would one of these two consider decommitting? We always talk about the “psyche” of these young kids. They may feel like they haven’t even gotten here yet and they’re being recruited over.

    1. UK Big Board Update

      You like to create dram when there is none.

    2. njcat54

      If you’re plan was to spend one year in college (as all of Cal’s recruits do), how excited would YOU be to sit on the bench 80% of the time. No way all these guards stick around if Hagans and Maxey reclassify.

    3. satcheluk

      They are nit promised playing time and are sold the fact that they get to practice against NBA level talent everyday. Not seeing how bringing in someone “better” contradicts that. You either compete which builds character or you run away which puts you on a path of likely less long term success in your life.