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Tyrese Maxey shines during Klutch Sports Pro Day

Any exposure is good exposure, right? In Tyrese Maxey’s situation, it most certainly.

The former Kentucky Wildcat and NBA Draft lottery hopeful made his return to national television on Thursday night when he participated in a Pro Day event organized by his agent, Rich Paul of Klutch Sports. The hour-long ESPN2 production put on display the offseason work that’s been put in by Maxey and fellow Paul client, Anthony Edwards, a Georgia one-and-done prospect who most expect to go among the top-3 overall in the upcoming draft.

Maxey put on quite an impressive show, even if it was in a near-empty gym without defenders. However, with LeBron James, Draymond Green, Trae Young, and Anthony Davis watching from the sidelines–also clients of Paul–the pressure was definitely there. Throughout several shooting and dribble drills, Maxey was able to showcase his tweaked shooting form that had NBA franchises questioning his range going forward, and later said that he’s been able to improve his play off the dribble while getting in better shape, as well.

Most mock drafts have Maxey going anywhere from the No. 10 pick to the No. 20 pick once the Nov. 18 NBA Draft date finally arrives. His stock has seemingly taken a slight dip over the last several months despite the inability to workout in front of teams, so this gave him a chance to work his way back up in the pecking order.

Calipari said during the show and again afterwards on Twitter that teams will regret passing up on Maxey the same way others did with Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, Jamal Murray, and Tyler Herro.

The New York Knicks (No. 8 pick in 2020 Draft) and Miami Heat (No. 20) are viewed as likely destinations for Maxey, even if they fall out of his projected landing area. The Kenny Payne connection along with Kevin Knox and Julius Randle in New York is obvious, and there have been rumblings that the Knicks are trying to market themselves as a “Kentucky-pipeline” as the Wildcat effect continues to take over the league. Then you have Miami, who recently went to the NBA Finals behind the play of two incredible former Wildcats (Bam Adebayo and Herro) and are ran at the top by another one-time ‘Cat, Pat Riley.

The announcement of the event was a surprise to the NBA world, even to the point that other NBA agents were reportedly upset that Paul organized this secluded exhibition for his two rising clients, according to Marc Berman of the New York PostBut hey, that’s why Maxey signed with Paul in the first place; he consistently puts his clients in advantageous positions, even if no one knew you were allowed to do so.

In a COVID-19 world where you can’t bring a workout to NBA teams, you create one the teams can attend themselves. Credit to Paul for pulling this off and credit to Maxey for shining under the bright lights.

Check out his highlights.

Article written by Zack Geoghegan

Covering all things NBA and UK Hoops. Follow me on Twitter: @ZGeogheganKSR

4 Comments for Tyrese Maxey shines during Klutch Sports Pro Day

  1. UKBigBlueForever
    8:17 pm October 30, 2020 Permalink

    Why wouldn’t Cal and group help him improve his shot before college ball started last year in the summer? Is it too much to change when you are also a student attending classes? Just curious. I’d imagine that’s why but was just wanting to know. His shot was a little too flat playing college ball. Even when he shot his free throws

    • peaches76
      9:00 pm October 30, 2020 Permalink

      Being a student doesn’t stop these guys from getting in tons of gym time, but I was thinking along the same line. It kind of puts the notion that we “develop” all these 1st rounders into question….if it were actually a question.

    • AreJ
      8:09 am October 31, 2020 Permalink

      I can respect both of you all for questioning Cal and his staff for what felt like a lack of development with Maxes shot. I would like to point out they succeeded in helping Murray and Herro with their shooting motions which were highlighted during the NBA Bubble. I believe it is an individual progression difference, mainly I point to Maxey having a shooter rep when he came here but it appeared declined as the season went on. That tells me he needed longer to get it lined up correctly.

  2. CCat Rider
    3:27 am October 31, 2020 Permalink

    The Lebron effect will make him rich. Rich Paul will that is. Just being affiliated with this circle will make Maxey very very wealthy very soon. And Lebron will go down as the first billionaire athlete in US history…perhaps even the most influential in American history. Eventually even worth far more than the fake billionaire president…or should I say soon-to-be-ex-president…lol Eat chit MAGAs chuds.