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Kentucky pursuing ANOTHER point guard for next season

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The cat’s out of the bag.

Tyrese Maxey, the No. 2 point guard in the 2019 class, is one of the two possible additions to next year’s roster, and we can now say it thanks to a new report from Kyle Tucker, who spoke to Maxey about the possibility of becoming a Wildcat. There has been a lot of talk about Maxey reclassifying and committing to Kentucky, and now the five-star prospect confirms it is a serious option for his basketball future.

“Me and Coach Cal have talked about [reclassifying] multiple times,” Maxey told Tucker. “He’s just saying it would be a great opportunity for me to be a part of this special team that he’s building for next season.”

Tyrese Maxey
Point Guard | 6-3 | 185 lbs.
Garland, Tx. | South Garland
AAU: RM5 Elite
ESPN No. 14 | 3 SG Top247 No. 17 | 2 PG
Rivals No. 11 | 3 SG 247 Comp. No. 13 | 2 PG

For those wondering: yes, a Maxey commitment would mean Calipari went out and got the two best point guards in the 2019 class. Maxey is ranked right behind Ashton Hagans, who committed yesterday, and they each heard the same pitch about reclassifying and joining something special in Lexington next fall. In fact, Calipari visited them on the same day last week.

Even if Maxey holds off on reclassifying to play his senior season, UK is still the favorite to land his services. The only other school in contention is SMU, where his father was hired as the director of recruiting last fall.

But there’s a lot of noise about Maxey joining the offseason roster mayhem at Kentucky, which would make for an insane backcourt.

Read more: Will Tyrese Maxey be latest 5-star guard to sign up for 2018-19?

Article written by Drew Franklin

I can recite every line from Forrest Gump, blindfolded. Follow me on Twitter: @DrewFranklinKSR

64 responses to “Kentucky pursuing ANOTHER point guard for next season”

  1. a21CATSfan

    Can we save one of these PGs for next-next season?

    1. BlakeBlueNation

      That’s what I was thinking lol. You gotta hunk though if Maxey and Hagans come. Quade and Quickley will be on the bench and likely return next year

    2. deazysUK

      We need Washington or Vanderbilt to come back and this will really good

    3. bennyd113

      for one, quickley and herro are not one and done players. plus Quade would be here if he isnt scared of competition or else he transfers, which in my eyes why would you want someone on your team who doesnt want to compete?

    4. TBW3011

      Competing and having self awareness are 2 different things. He’s to good to sit the bench when he can start for top 10 teams.

    5. runningunnin.454

      They said SGA was not a one-and-done player. Quade has a year’s experience on the new recruits; don’t think he’ll transfer.

  2. Cokely53

    Cal out there grinding trying to prove a point. He getting everybody.

  3. Mathlete

    Next year’s roster is starting to look like the Browns draft strategy. Instead of “QB, QB, QB, QB, QB…” it’s “PG, PG, PG…”

    1. BBN in H-Town

      Let me know when Kentucky goes 1-31 …

    2. Mathlete

      To hear some of the keyboard warrior whiners talk, you’d think we just did

  4. lexcatfan2367

    Fans need to stop being so contrary. Do you want loaded classes or do you want regular classes? You can’t have your cake and eat it too. Let Cal be Cal. Go Cats!

  5. KatsKlaws

    Cal building a super team to make another run at 40-0 then he gonna retire…

    1. Cokely53

      I’d be cool with that

    2. a21CATSfan

      Who would be the new coach (hypothetically)? No, seriously, because I’m a little nervous it won’t be long. He’s not going to be here forever.

    3. BBNDan7

      Hopefully Kenny Payne

    4. JTHinton

      Obviously Pitino

    5. dballrb

      Orlando 2.0….

    6. kjd

      Bryce Drew. He can coach and bringing in McD All-Americans at Vandy.

    7. unbridled

      Billy Donovan

    8. BBN in H-Town

      Matt Jones

    9. UK Big Board Update

      {in louisville fan voice} Brad Stevens is jus waiting for the contrac to arrive on his desk,,,

    10. MadScientist

      I had always hoped Brad Stevens would be the next coach, not that I’m trying to push Cal out. But after the success he has had in Boston that’s less and less likely.

      With Puke(K is 71), Mich St(izzo is 63), UNC(Williams is 67) all needing coaches in the next 2-5 years it will be interesting to see the next batch.

  6. SuperTroy18

    Get a rim-protecting Center, Cal!
    Man, oh man, I am LOVING Cal getting all these guys. He’s making a point! Next season shaping up to be insane!

    1. BlakeBlueNation

      EJ Montgomery is exactly that. 6 foot 10 and is modeling his game to be like a poor mans Anthony Davis.


      That’s what Nick Richards was supposed to be…he even said, coming in, he wanted to break A.D.’s block record. Yeah….no. But maybe we’ll see him transform into a defensive presence next year. Here’s to hoping…

    3. SuperTroy18

      I’m definitely hoping Richards can develop into that; and I know Wiseman has said his idol is AD, but I didn’t know Montgomery has said that he models his game after him.

  7. Cokely53

    How long until coach K comes out and says he’s only recruiting shooters too?

    1. a21CATSfan

      This is a good point! In the Hurt article it talks about Cal wanting shooters after ‘09-10 and having them and not having them, etc. We all know dUKe has always went after shooters/scorers where Cal has went after slashers/athletes. That means Calipari’s players are less refined than Krehifhajsbsky’s coming out of HS, but still outperform them consistently in the pros. Hopefully the facade that is “The Brotherhood” (La Familia sound familiar?) is finally crumbling.

    2. bennyd113

      Or how long until coach K comes out and starts trying to get kids to reclassify lol

    3. TBW3011

      He has multiple times already.

    4. Mark D

      RJ Barrett reclassified also

    5. runningunnin.454

      I think Marvin Bagley reclassified.

  8. chris43

    Come one come all baby! Let’s hopefully land him and Wiseman! Big Blue Nation baby!

  9. KTR2786

    Cal changing the environment again. You can see the evolution of guys he goes after. Fits his position less pitch and he wants and needs shooters.

    1. TBW3011

      Environment already changed. One of the rare times others beat him to the punch. He can catch back up though.

  10. Bobbum Man

    Ole Krusksiekrky got Cal goin again

    1. a21CATSfan

      Yes, Krehjxvsngkys should send Cal Christmas, Valentines and Birthday cards thanking him for extending his career. Maybe ask him to write more recruiting books? Hopefully Cal will return the favor and extend his own.

  11. kentuckybackupplayer

    maybe if we have 15 good players we can tripple platoon. 5/5/5 baby!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  12. bluecrowe

    I love this! No more of this “give me the best athletes and I can beat you:.” Vando is great, but he simply cannot put the ball in the basket. Same with PJ. You need people who know how to score when you get them, especially if you are going to have them for 5 months. You cannot teach a kid to shoot in 5 months. This is fantastic! For example, if Meeks comes back for his senior year, we win the whole thing going away in Cal’s first year. This is fantastic!.

    1. Rembrandt

      Your theories are interesting. But a simpler and far more likely explanation is that Cal recruits the best players he can every year, and is simply having more success this year than in other recent years. Leaks from the FBI investigation have leveled the playing field in recruiting. For a change, the dirty programs are disadvantaged now. And that’s why UK is resurging again.

      Cal has always been an elite recruiter. Recruiting “athletes” was not the problem with last year’s team. What a naive and misinformed explanation that is! Instead, the real problem was Humphries’ early departure and the Baker and Vanderbilt injuries. These things happen in competitive sports, and their effects get compounded when other competitive programs on our schedule are cheating by paying recruits.

      Because Cal recruits the best players, some leave earlier than we want them to leave. Again, this is the way of the competitive world. Our spoiled fans want to have their cake and eat it too. That’s fine, but a red line is crossed by those who become euphoric after every recruiting success, only to throw our coaches and our players under the bus in public after every disappointment. Such behavior is childish, disloyal, and creates very poor optics for our fans base.

    2. Rod Crandler

      Rembrandt, you need to get out in the sunshine more and get some Vitamin D. Everyone of your responses are condescending jerkish replies.

  13. KYcats11

    Superteam and super Cal. I could be wrong, but I don’t think Cal has lost it…

  14. brb_skywalking

    Cal’s looking at K like “you’re not the only one who can over recruit one position!”

    1. makeitstop

      Hilarious. Seriously part of it is getting the guys u don’t want anyone else to have. I mean K had one too many centers this year and we sure could’ve used any one of the 3… hard to believe Bolden will be a junior. U know Cal tells people that and points out Kanter went in the first round without ever playing and Booker was a lotto pick without starting a game. Meanwhile K sculpts young men into, well, benchwarmers. That’d be my pitch!

  15. makeitstop

    I love the enthusiasm but let’s keep in mind we can only play 5 at a time, same as the other team. Maybe he’s stacking the cupboard bc he knows the NBA is going to change the rule in the next year, and u can’t have 10 guys in the draft in one year (I mean u can’t, right?) so he knows he’ll get some back for Brad’s senior year. Whatever, not sure who put cat nip in his oatmeal but it’s working…

  16. ScottGreene22

    Get them all CAL

  17. bhb71

    Oh my god, Matt wasn’t kidding when he said Zion has put Cal on the warpath. He’s taking a page out of Ricky P’s book and making sure everyone knows that no one swings a bigger one than John Calipari. I’m so excited for next year.

    1. Rembrandt

      How can anyone be naive enough to believe this has anything to do with Zion Williamson? Cal is doing what he does every year, signing the best players he can sign. Every player in UK’s current class was being recruited before Williamson committed to Duke. While it would be accurate to say Montgomery and Hagans didn’t actually hold UK scholarship offers yet at that point, this happens at UK every spring.

      Montgomery and everyone around him have been transparent about his recruitment being related to early departure of Knox and possibly other UK bigs, as well as his preference for being developed by Kenny Payne. Hagans is a 2019 recruit, who may or may not reclassify. UK was the first P5 program to offer Tyrese Maxey.

  18. Han

    Wonder if he’s seriously pushing for him for next year or just keeping it as an option if we lose both Quade and Hami or if Hagans decides he’s not going to even try to reclassify.

    Still odd to be recruiting a 3rd PG for a year when you already have 1 currently on the roster.

    1. bhb71

      Q can play the 2 and still start, but we’re gonna be playing small-ball at all times. It helps that Herro is Booker-sized and could do fine guarding the other team’s 3. Recruiting a bunch of PGs is fine when your goal isn’t to run a conventional offense with one primary ball-handler.

    2. Rembrandt

      It isn’t odd at all that a legendary basketball program that recruits at an elite level every year is attracting top talent now. Some competing programs have been weakened by their suspected or leaked involvement in rules violations. That obviously helps.

      Hagans and Maxey are 2019 recruits. While one or both could end up reclassifying, those decisions haven’t been made.

      At this moment, Cal’s roster for next year appears likely to be:


  19. drew_123

    Plenty of room for all of them. Villanova just won a natty playing 4 guards. I say the more ball handlers the better.

    1. drew_123


  20. chris gettelfinger is not walking through that door

    Platooning with two 5 guard lineups.


    We need them all! Knock out two classes in 1 year! Let’s start on Zion Harmon!

  22. Vanderblue

    Imagine going into work as the Director of Recruiting the day after your 5* recruit son commits to another school.

    1. SuperTroy18


    2. runningunnin.454

      That makes me think we can’t get this guy….right? Have to give Cal credit; he has huge cojones.

  23. KYjellyRoll

    A team with 4 pg, I’m sure a few of them can play off the ball? Could be a nightmare for opponents

  24. Jiminy Crickets

    Cal is pitching the OAD rule will change, so it’s a get in while you can

  25. wildcatdon

    Not enough room for another guard..This is getting interesting. Could use a center or a 6’8 forward.

  26. TBW3011

    Surprised it’s taken Cal so long to adopt the NBA model of going small and having shooters. Shocked actually, considering his primary focus is all things NBA.

    1. UK Big Board Update

      Who else ya got?

    2. catdaddyd

      Gotta have shooters, and a rim protector.