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Tyrese Maxey “Can’t Wait” To Compete with Ashton Hagans Next Season

It’s that time of year for Kentucky fans – the time where everyone is trying to figure out who will stay, who will go, and what next year’s Wildcats will look like. And this year is no different. At this point, we know that P.J. Washington and Reid Travis are gone, and we’re trying to figure out Keldon Johnson and Tyler Herro’s will do next.

But there is one decision that has gone final, and that was the decision of Ashton Hagans, who shocked some by announcing this week that he will return to college next season. He won’t test the draft waters. He won’t gauge the NBA’s interest. He’s already focused on what’s needed to have success next season.

Of course with his return came a bit of concern: Would his return have any negative effect on Tyrese Maxey, the high school All-American guard who is headed to Kentucky next season?

KSR caught up with Tyrese Maxey at the Nike Hoops Summit on Thursday night, and Maxey couldn’t be more exited to team up with Hagans.

“Ashton is an elite defender, a great leader, and he’s going to bring great action to our team next year,” Maxey said when asked his thoughts on Maxey’s return. “And I can’t wait to go against him every day in practice.”

And that last part is what’s most important, and why it’s no surprise that Maxey isn’t worried about Hagans’ decision to return. Remember, the one thing that John Calipari never does in recruiting is promise a player anything – but instead, promise him that he’ll have to work once he gets to campus. The better player will play, and in a lot of cases both will. But no matter who plays what minutes, both players can get better because of it.

“It’s going to help me a lot,” Maxey said. “He’s an elite defender like I said. He’s going to push me, I’m going to push him and we’re going to get better together for the team.”

From there, Maxey touched on a number of other things with KSR, all of which can be seen in the video below. He shared his thoughts on how Kentucky’s season ended, the message John Calipari has given him recently and whether or not he’s recruiting anyone else that’s at the Hoops Summit.

However, Maxey did have one final message to UK fans before departing:

“Be ready,” he said. “We’re coming.”

Article written by Aaron Torres

Aaron Torres is covering football and basketball for KSR this season after four years at Fox Sports. Follow him on Twitter @Aaron_Torres, Facebook or e-mail at [email protected] He is also the author of the only book written on the Calipari era, “One and Fun: A Behind the Scenes Look at John Calipari and the 2010 Kentucky Wildcats.”

14 Comments for Tyrese Maxey “Can’t Wait” To Compete with Ashton Hagans Next Season

  1. TheAssman
    11:19 pm April 11, 2019 Permalink

    Great kid, love his attitude. I also love the recruits that Cal brings in….they aren’t afraid of competition and know they have to earn their PT. We always seem to get quality kids with a great attitude and a fire in their belly.

  2. friendsofcoal
    11:55 pm April 11, 2019 Permalink

    Hagans at the 1 and Maxey playing the 2. It’ll be all good!

  3. JT55
    12:45 am April 12, 2019 Permalink

    They should be good together. However, I’m interested to see who transfers. Quickley, Richards, or Baker couldRichard’s, IMO

    • jasonclark1984
      7:14 am April 12, 2019 Permalink

      I’m betting it’s baker reports say he is getting home sick a lot plus he doesn’t get a lot of playing time. I think the other 3 stay unless we pick up another post player then we might lose Montgomery

    • IrishCat
      8:02 am April 12, 2019 Permalink

      Montgomery is going to be the centerpiece of our front court no matter who we bring in. He stays.

    • Ubtrapper
      9:51 am April 12, 2019 Permalink

      EJ isn’t going anywhere. He will be a star for us next season!

  4. BigJohnC
    7:24 am April 12, 2019 Permalink

    I don’t think anyone transfers. Seems like these guys are happy and Montgomery and Richards know they have to step their game up for PT.

  5. WatchutalkinboutWillis
    7:44 am April 12, 2019 Permalink

    I see Hagans and Maxey on the floor together more and Quickley and Baker as their backups with Dontaie Allen behind them.
    5-Montgomery, Richards
    4-Sestina, Brooks
    3-Whitney, Brooks
    2-Maxey, Baker, Allen
    1-Hagans, Quickley

  6. Catcasey1
    9:51 am April 12, 2019 Permalink

    I like the look of next year’s team should be able to score in bunches

  7. Ubtrapper
    9:54 am April 12, 2019 Permalink

    Maxey seems like a great kid. I’m anxious to see him play for us. I’m glad Cal brings in these high character ball players and we don’t have to worry about garbage going on behind the scenes.

  8. UK Big Board Update
    10:00 am April 12, 2019 Permalink

    If anyone transfers, it’ll be between Quickley and Baker. I actually think it might be Quickley.