When five-star guard Tyrese Maxey made his much-anticipated announcement this afternoon, the concern wasn’t even about where he’d end up going to school. Nearly every recruiting expert and analyst considered it a near-lock for the 6-foot-3 scorer to commit to Kentucky. Maxey himself nearly let it slip once or twice over the last few weeks.
When he’d be a Wildcat, however, was the big question.
When the time came for the decision today, Maxey announced he would be sticking with his original class of 2019 rather than make a move to 2018. For now.
“I know that may shock some of y’all but for me it came down to me just wanting to be a kid for my last year of high school. I just wanted to be around all of my friends and all of my family one last year and I don’t want to pass that up,” he said in his new blog post for USA Today.
“My dream is to be a McDonald’s All American too so I’m just gonna take this year and work hard and do everything possible to make that dream a reality.”
And it completely makes sense.
We’ve heard similar comments from No. 1 prospect James Wiseman about just wanting to be a kid and living out his senior year (prom, senior activities, graduation, etc.) like other people his age. As far as basketball accolades go, making a run for a state championship, winning the AAU title during the summer, and being named to all the different All-Star and Team USA teams are all incredibly important to some. For others like Marvin Bagley III, Karl-Anthony Towns, etc., moving up a year early to get started on college and become a professional basketball player a year sooner outweighs the final year of high school. There are pros and cons to both.
While Maxey wants to just be a kid for his last year of high school, he hasn’t officially ruled out a move to 2018 in the future.
In an interview with Evan Daniels of 247 Sports, Maxey said there was a possibility of that changing down the road, specifically later this summer.
“It could,” Maxey said. “Anything is possible, but as of right now I am staying put.”
And he’s going to continue to leave that window open.
According to KSR sources, Maxey will continue to finish up his high school coursework this summer and work toward becoming NCAA eligible for the 2018-19 season, just in case. He only has a few boxes left to check class-wise and he’s in great academic standing, making any potential jump possible. In other words, expect him to stick with the class of 2019, but don’t be shocked if he (like many teenage kids do) changes his mind down the road.
After all, he does call him and (likely 2018) Kentucky Wildcat Ashton Hagans, “The Duo.”
Did Tyrese Maxey slip up with me after tonight’s game? On UK commit Ashton Hagans, also considering reclass: “We call ourselves the duo … potential duo. I’m trying not to laugh.”
— Kyle Tucker (@KyleTucker_SEC) April 28, 2018
Hard to be a “duo” in separate classes. *shoulder shrug*
Nonetheless, whether it be this year or next, the Cats got a great one in Tyrese Maxey.