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Tyrese Maxey officially declares for the NBA Draft

This shouldn’t come as a surprise to anyone, but Tyrese Maxey just confirmed that he has officially declared for the 2020 NBA Draft and will forego his remaining eligibility at Kentucky.

“My thoughts were that we would be playing for a national championship (today),” Maxey told ESPN. “Although we’re unable to do that due to what our country is experiencing, I felt like this was the day to declare for the draft to make it as special as I thought today would be.”

Maxey averaged 14.0 points, 4.3 rebounds, and 3.2 assists this past season, and is projected to be a lottery pick, top ten in some mock drafts. On social media, he thanked his coaches, teammates, and the Big Blue Nation for “an incredible year.”

“This year getting to rep Kentucky across my chest was everything I could have imagined,” Maxey said. “I got to play for a Hall of Famer, be pushed every day by the best coaches in the country, compete alongside great teammates and work with a support staff that is the gold standard – just like Coach Cal promised.

“Even though I didn’t get a chance to compete for my ultimate goal, this season was everything I signed up for. I know I’m a better player and man for embracing the challenge of playing for Kentucky.

“It’s time for my next challenge though. My dream has always been to play in the NBA and I know I’m prepared for this because I’m Wildcat made.

“Thank you to the Big Blue Nation, my coaches, teammates and everyone who has played a part in making this an incredible year. I will always bleed blue.”

John Calipari congratulated Maxey in a statement released by UK. Maxey is the second Kentucky player to announce he is declaring for the draft and keeping his name in, joining Ashton Hagans.

“There was no player I was harder on this year than Tyrese, and there’s a reason for that. One, he’s a great kid with a confidence in his ability that does not waver. Two, he has a potential that he has only begun to realize. And three, Tyrese needed to be challenged to take that next step.

“Tyrese made that leap this season. He met every challenge and became one of the best guards in the country. Not only was it his dream to play at Kentucky, he wanted to be coached. He’s going to do great in that league because there’s nothing he can’t do. He can handle the ball, he can shoot, he’s got great athleticism and he really defended as the season went on. In a lot of ways, he reminds me of what Jamal Murray was able to do and we know how well he’s done in the NBA.

“I’m so happy for Tyrese and his family.”

Same. Congrats, Tyrese!


Article written by Mrs. Tyler Thompson

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22 Comments for Tyrese Maxey officially declares for the NBA Draft

  1. kykid16
    10:24 am April 6, 2020 Permalink

    Just can’t figure out why these kids think they are ready for NBA!

    • IrishCat
      10:35 am April 6, 2020 Permalink

      Well. In this case it’s b/c he is…

    • MrPioneer
      12:34 pm April 6, 2020 Permalink

      Because he is ready, moron.

  2. Swizzle
    10:32 am April 6, 2020 Permalink

    Can I sign up for just alerts for who still plays for UK? Cause if you dont, see ya.

  3. BlueByYou
    10:51 am April 6, 2020 Permalink

    Boy, the ass wipes are out this morning. Why don’t you sign up for another schools site where they keep players 4 years and win 10-12 games. This is the way it is now, Guys have opportunities and they take advantage based on THEIR wants and needs not yours. Some make mistakes, but it’s their choice. Maxey is a no brainer.

    • boomroasted09
      11:35 am April 6, 2020 Permalink


    • boomroasted09
      11:36 am April 6, 2020 Permalink

      Yup ^^^^ *

  4. magimae
    10:56 am April 6, 2020 Permalink

    Hate it he’s leaving but knew it was coming. Best of luck, sure enjoyed his time @ BBN

  5. UKFanSC
    11:41 am April 6, 2020 Permalink

    Love this kid. He made the best of his abbreviated time on campus. Best of luck to him in the NBA.

  6. chrislarkey
    12:25 pm April 6, 2020 Permalink

    Hope the best for him, he was a good player for us and didnt quit on his team.

  7. UKLugo
    12:26 pm April 6, 2020 Permalink

    Strike 2.

  8. Lip Man 1
    12:53 pm April 6, 2020 Permalink

    Tyrese certainly has the tools to play in the NBA, very well rounded athletically, no real deal-breaking shortcomings. Wish the kid well.

  9. MississippiBlue
    2:13 pm April 6, 2020 Permalink

    I can here specifically for the he’s not ready comments lol. Glad to see the overwhelming number of our fans are smart enough to know that he’s making the right decision for himself. I just hope becomes an all star and speaks fondly of his time at UK!

  10. VirginiaCat
    2:23 pm April 6, 2020 Permalink

    Who announces tomorrow? My guess is Nick.

  11. Catcasey1
    2:39 pm April 6, 2020 Permalink

    He was the kind of person you want at your program

  12. Larkin123
    3:21 pm April 6, 2020 Permalink

    Most of my friends that used to be true blue don’t even pay attention anymore. Cal turned them into football fans…

  13. Fitz
    3:24 pm April 6, 2020 Permalink

    “And the beat goes on….”

  14. sharpshooter81
    4:14 pm April 6, 2020 Permalink

    Congratulations to Maxey and best of luck to the fine young man!!! He really was the only one I felt had a great chance of being drafted high and legit chance of making a real NBA roster. Richards would be my second choice to make a roster, but Hagans and possibly Quickley and EJ will find out the hard way that they will be regulated to the G league for most if not all their careers.

  15. just a guy
    5:16 pm April 6, 2020 Permalink

    Loved watching this kid play. I got to meet him at the UK basketball kid camp, super nice, and genuinely interacting with the kids (unlike Richards and Montgomery who looked miserable). I hope he does really well, we’re rooting for him.

  16. Racerr11
    5:17 pm April 6, 2020 Permalink

    Quickley is a can’t miss because of his shooting and work ethic and drive. Nick id say 50/50 EJ no chance if he goes now. Hagans not a chance but I do for sure wish them all the best. If Cal turned your friends into football fans we don’t need them anyway.

  17. tdub
    9:14 pm April 6, 2020 Permalink

    Thanks for your time here. Good luck in the league.