2019 five-star guard Tyrese Maxey will be making his college decision on Wednesday afternoon, with Kentucky, Michigan State, Oklahoma State, Michigan and Texas rounding out his final five schools. We’ll also likely find out whether or not he will be making the jump to 2018.
Recruiting analysts are starting to release their predictions on Maxey’s much-anticipated decision, and it’s looking pretty darn good for the Cats.
Jon Rothstein of CBS Sports says with certainty that not only will Maxey end up at Kentucky, he’ll be with the team in 2018.
Tyrese Maxey wouldn't do a May announcement if he wasn't reclassifying. He's going to Kentucky. He's going in 2018 and if Ashton Hagans joins, look out. #BBN
— Jon Rothstein (@JonRothstein) May 3, 2018
College basketball insider Andrew Slater says not so fast on all of the reclassification talk, putting his bet on Maxey sticking with the class of 2019.
I would bet the other side on that 2018 vs ‘19 action https://t.co/5tjuXD6Omo
— Andrew Slater (@Andrew__Slater) May 4, 2018
Rivals’ Corey Evans seems to agree with Slater.
— Corey Evans (@coreyevans_10) May 4, 2018
Regardless, like Rothstein, Slater says it’s a foregone conclusion the elite scorer will be a Kentucky Wildcat.
All schools that don’t start with the letter “K” can move on https://t.co/l7z5w08t5u
— Andrew Slater (@Andrew__Slater) May 3, 2018
In an interview with Pat Lawless of PrepCircuit.com, Maxey said Kentucky stands out from the pack because of John Calipari’s continued success with elite point guards.
“Of course Kentucky will always be a great program under Coach John Calipari,” he said. “The history behind it says a lot. Coach Calipari is really good with point guards and he has a good tradition of getting them to the NBA and helping them reach their dreams. That’s one thing that’s very intriguing about Kentucky.”
As for a potential reclassification, Maxey says there are postitives to both leaving high school early and sticking around for his senior season.
“The positives of going 2018 is possibly reaching your dreams faster and getting to go against the best competition in the world,” said Maxey. “The pros of going 2019 is finishing out my senior year with my friends at school and try and win a state championship for that last ride. Also to do all the fun things you do your senior year with your friends.”
Who will win out and when will he join that team? We’ll find out on Wednesday at 5 p.m. ET.
In the meantime, check out his highlight reel below:
Come on down.