We’re still a full four months away from the start of the 2018-2019 college basketball season, but at Kentucky, it’s never too early to look ahead to what’s next. The simple reality is that as talented as next year’s team is capable of being, the task of having to replace them in 2019-2020 is never far from John Calipari’s mind. With so many future NBA stars on the roster, it can’t be.
The good news for Coach Cal is that in a weird way, he’ll almost have an extra recruiter on the road this summer. That “recruiter” is actually Tyrese Maxey, the five-star guard from Texas who committed to the Wildcats back in May.
Recruiting insider Corey Evans of Rivals.com believes that Maxey could be Calipari’s best recruiter this spring and summer.
“He is one of the most infectious, outgoing kids I’ve ever dealt with,” Evans told Kentucky Sports Radio this morning. “You don’t think he’s going to sell Kentucky basketball? Big Blue Nation will love this kid. He is outgoing, charismatic, loves the game.”
“You always worry about these elite level guys,” Evans said. “Do they really love the game? You know what I mean? And if they don’t [love the game] they might be able to fake it until now, or maybe even into college. But the NBA level? The reason that these guys don’t pan out is because they don’t have the extra drive, they don’t love the game as much. Tyrese Maxey loves the game, and that’s one thing Kentucky fans will see from the get-go, if they haven’t seen it already. He loves the game. He’s going to be a Day 1 leader for John Calipari.”
In addition to speaking about Maxey, Evans also weighed in on the great white whale in recruiting in 2019: James Wiseman. The 6’11 forward from Memphis is the consensus best player in the class of 2019. But if you feel like you haven’t heard much about Wiseman’s recruitment in the last few months, you’re not alone.
Here’s what Evans had to say on Wiseman.
“There’s not much shaking right now,” Evans said. “It’s kind of been in a stall pattern a little bit. Let’s face it man, it’s dog versus dog, Kentucky versus Memphis. What’s going to happen? Everyone is waiting for the shoe to drop. Nothing has happened lately.”
“It’s like, Penny Hardaway gets hired in April and this giant snowball gets rolling down the hill, all these guys he coached and all the top kids in Memphis start committing to Memphis. And then of course [James] Wiseman [is] the last guy standing in a way, and nothing has happened for two months. We’re all in a stall pattern right now.”
To see what Corey said about this year’s freshmen, click here.
And to listen to Corey’s entire interview on Kentucky Sports Radio, click on Hour No. 2 below: