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The Philadelphia 76ers draft Tyrese Maxey with the No. 21 pick

Former Kentucky star guard Tyrese Maxey has been selected by the Philadelphia 76ers.

Selected No. 21 overall, the 6-foot-3 guard out of Garland, Texas is the first former Wildcat off the board.

Sitting next to his parents, Maxey got emotional when talking about his new team and the opportunity.

“I thank Philadelphia for this opportunity,” he said. “I promise you it won’t be a regret.”

Immanuel Quickley, Ashton Hagans, Nick Richards, EJ Montgomery and Kahlil Whitney are Kentucky’s other draft-eligible prospects in tonight’s NBA Draft. Quickley is seen as a potential late-first/early-second round selection, while Hagans and Richards are seen as mid-to-late second round options. Montgomery and Whitney are expected to go undrafted.

In Maxey’s lone season at Kentucky, the former five-star prospect was named to the All-SEC Second Team (coaches) and to the SEC All-Freshman Team, among other accolades such as SEC Freshman of the Week (three times), NCAA March Madness National Player of the Week and U.S. Basketball Writers Association Wayman Tisdale National Freshman of Week.

Maxey finished the year averaging 14.0 points, 4.3 rebounds and 3.2 assists per contest, leading UK’s guards in rebounds, finishing second on the team in points, 3-point field goals (33), free-throw percentage (83.3%), steals and assists. He also posted 22 games in double figures with a team-high three games with 25 or more points and averaged a team-high 19.0 points per game to go along with 5.3 boards per outing while shooting 43.4% from the field, 37.0% from 3 and 84.4% from the free-throw line in UK’s six games against AP Top 25 foes.

Article written by Jack Pilgrim

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7 Comments for The Philadelphia 76ers draft Tyrese Maxey with the No. 21 pick

  1. damage_control
    10:13 pm November 18, 2020 Permalink

    Let’s go. Good. Well done.

  2. Rixter
    10:28 pm November 18, 2020 Permalink

    Somebody’s choppin’ onions at my house, too

  3. Stop Hammer Time
    10:30 pm November 18, 2020 Permalink

    He was projected top 10 coming out of HS.

  4. michaelb
    10:31 pm November 18, 2020 Permalink

    He really deserved to be a lotto pick, the overseas players always swoop in the last moment & jumble up the projections & mock drafts . He will make some teams jealous. Tyrese is another on the long list of players that will be a better in the pros

    • Bluehender
      7:23 am November 19, 2020 Permalink

      mb, I agree with you. But was there ever any player in any sport, who was better at 18-19 than they were at say,24-25? I can’t think of any, maybe a female gymnist..

  5. neat1ky
    11:12 pm November 18, 2020 Permalink

    Being taken #21 is still a great feat when u consider how many players that dream of NBA don’t go drafted and how foreign players sneak into the draft that no one follows over here

  6. just a guy
    6:36 am November 19, 2020 Permalink

    Good for him. Good kid. Met him twice, he’s was legit nice, especially to my lil guy.