Last week’s sudden influx of talent into UK’s 2018 recruiting class renewed the BBN’s optimism for next season in the wake of Kevin Knox’s and Shai Gilgeous-Alexander’s departures to the NBA.
The new kids on the block: 5-star power forward E.J. Montgomery and likely-to-reclassify number 1 2019 point guard Ashton Hagans. Montgomery will transition nicely into the slot left behind by the transferring Sacha Killeya-Jones. But Hagans’ commitment, should he decide to reclassify, gives the Cats an embarrassment of riches at the PG position for next year.
But now, the hot word on the street has Tyrese Maxey, the 2nd overall 2019 PG, leaning towards a UK commitment as well, especially now that Maxey’s father Tyrone is no longer with SMU, a program that the younger Maxey is considering. And again, he is a candidate for reclassification.
Coach Cal has prided himself on conducting practices that are effective training for the professional ranks. Certainly, having 4 former 5-star point guards on the roster, not to mention the underrated SG Tyler Herro, lends well to competitive practices. But for the sake of game minutes, that’s quite a log jam. This thought has clearly entered Herro’s head.
Would Tyler Herro welcome the competition if Tyrese Maxey joined this year's UK recruiting class? “Yeah I would, but I think right now, if Aston reclassified, I think we have a lot of guards already” pic.twitter.com/sykrsLsrJ4
— Curtis Burch (@curtisburch) April 12, 2018
He’s not wrong.
A Maxey reclassification would, unfortunately, likely lead to Quade Green’s exit. And as has been evidenced by Cal’s most successful UK squads, maintaining some veteran leadership is key to a deep March run.
Sure, Shai took the reigns this season, but that doesn’t take away from Quade’s legitimate chops, and I for one want him to stay in Lexington.
For the program’s sake, Maxey should remain in the 2019 class. There are more than enough guards for next season. And for Tyrese’s future draft prospects, he might want to stand out more than he would alongside 4 other top tier Wildcat guards.