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Tyrese Maxey thinks Kentucky can dominate on defense

© Brian Spurlock | USATSI

© Brian Spurlock | USATSI

What will be the defining trait of this Kentucky team? According to Tyrese Maxey, defense.

In his final blog for USA Today High School Sports, the freshman guard said he thinks this group can “dominate” games defensively, a pretty bold statement after less than a month of summer workouts.

I definitely feel like we’ll be strong next season; the thing that will surprise people is how good we’re gonna be defensively.

I feel like we’ll be able to dominate games on that end next season; with our size we’ll be able to switch ball screens and guard a lot of different positions with a lot of different players.

That’s gonna be big for us.

Typically, this early on, John Calipari hasn’t been able to start thinking about defense because his teams are so young; with four core returning players, including ball hawk Ashton Hagans, that’s not the case this year. As Maxey said, that’s gonna be big.

Check out the rest of Maxey’s blog at USA Today HSS.


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9 Comments for Tyrese Maxey thinks Kentucky can dominate on defense

  1. UKsuperdave
    11:00 am June 27, 2019 Permalink

    Nothing against Maxey but maybe he’s just impressed experiencing college ball for the first time. I don’t think high school defenses compare to what he is seeing.

    I wish for once we didn’t have to rely on our D so much and we could put up more points. Maybe even hit a few 3 pointers here and there. Or at least attempt some more than we have. You don’t have to be 7ft and 260 to hit a three. It’s kinda funny we have so much trouble with it. But we don’t have any plays to get people open from 3 either. Hell guys in a church league can hit 3s if they are open.

    You know in the NBA they tend to shoot a lot of those. We are supposed to be “producing” these types since we are an NBA farm team now right?

    Calipari is all about getting to line by driving. Good idea, kinda like playing 21. Just get free points at the line (if we can hit them) and get the other team in foul trouble. This is good until we go on the road and refs only blow the whistle on one side of the court for the first half. This turns a would be blow-out into a road upset. On the road or when fouls are one sided, shoot threes. But I guess then they would just call them 2’s. Last year they went to the monitor to look at a clear 3 and gave us 2. LOL that might have happened more than once.

    Sorry for the rant. Cal does a good job 🙂

    • Tom Bombadil
      12:49 pm June 27, 2019 Permalink

      Ob ok superdave the louisville fan. Wow thats alot of bs there to be a real fan. Dang Dave! Regardless.. Iam super impressed Maxey wants to dig down and play D at this stage. I agree.. This team will be amazing defensively. Nick & EJ just got alot more playing time! All the big guys did.. Keion too when needed at the 4. This team will gell! Oh hell! Look out! GO CATS! Bring#9!

    • michaelb
      12:57 pm June 27, 2019 Permalink

      It’s not in hardly any freshmen’s desire to work with out the ball . Some take to it and some don’t . It’s easy to see when that happens . They really should be shown marshal Henderson tapes for a clinic on that aspect of offense

    • dave1964
      2:02 pm June 27, 2019 Permalink

      Richards is horrible at basketball

  2. 4everUKblue
    11:05 am June 27, 2019 Permalink

    That’s weird, there was just an article on Julius Randle and the Nicks having mutual interest, kinda like Keldon going to the Cavs. And now it’s gone.

  3. Youngcat25
    11:31 am June 27, 2019 Permalink

    Offense wins games and defense wins championships. Ex: Virginia

      11:48 am June 27, 2019 Permalink

      Maybe….but the VA team that finally won a NC, had a LOT better offense all season, than any other team TonyB ever had before.

    • UKinMKY
      11:59 am June 27, 2019 Permalink

      You’ve gotta be elite in one of the two categories and pretty good in the other to have a hope at a chip. Villanova was a good example of the other way around if memory serves (elite O, good D).

  4. michaelb
    12:54 pm June 27, 2019 Permalink

    This guy is a good defender and is confident of it too.