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5 Things to Know: Tyrese Maxey

This afternoon at 4 p.m. CT, Tyrese Maxey will announce his college decision via a video on social media. KSR have complete coverage of the announcement, but until then, here are five things you need to know about the five-star point guard, who could either join Kentucky in the fall or for the 2019-20 season.

Tyrese Maxey
Guard | 6-3 | 185 lbs.
Garland, Tx. | South Garland
AAU: RM5 Elite
ESPN No. 14 | 3 SG Top247 No. 17 | 2 PG
Rivals No. 14 | 3 SG 247 Comp. No. 13 | 2 PG

1. The latest buzz suggests he’ll stay in the 2019 class

Maxey told reporters a few weeks ago he’s only a few classes away from being able to play college basketball this fall, but the latest buzz suggests he’ll stay in the 2019 class. Given the bevy of guards on next year’s roster, that’s probably the best scenario for both Kentucky and Maxey; however, the Texas native made it clear he’s not afraid of competition when asked about possibly fighting for playing time on Kentucky’s roster this fall.

“Challenge is really good for competition,” Maxey said, via Chris Fisher. “That’s why we play basketball.”

That alone makes me like him.

2. Kentucky is the overwhelming favorite

The Cats own 92% of the picks in Maxey’s Crystal Ball, including that of recruiting guru Evan Daniels, who cemented his pick for Kentucky back on April 21 after Maxey hosted Cal on two in-home visits and raved about the possibility of sharing a backcourt with UK commit Ashton Hagans, who is expected to reclassify to 2018.

“I talked to Ashton a little bit. I hit him and told him good luck this weekend,” Maxey said, via Chris Fisher. “We both like to play defense and compete which would make us better in practice if we go at each other. But him being a really good passer and me being a good shooter and playing off each other, it could be special.”

In fact, Maxey went one step further, calling himself and Hagans a “duo” in a conversation with Kyle Tucker.

“We call ourselves The Duo,” he said, pausing a beat before correction himself: “A possible duo. I’m sorry. Trying not to laugh.”

Should Maxey stay in the 2019 class, there’s an equally exciting possibility of him teaming up with another star…

3. James Wiseman wants to play with him

The coveted big man was asked which players he wants to team up with at the next level and Maxey and Hagans were the two he named. With Kentucky and Memphis locked in a race for Wiseman, having Maxey go ahead and commit for the 2019-20 season could be the extra incentive Wiseman needs to turn down his former coach Penny Hardaway.

4. Calipari thinks he’s a combination of Tyler Ulis and Jamal Murray

Cal likened 2019 guard Jalen Lecque to John Wall, but sees a mixture of Tyler Ulis and Jamal Murray in Maxey for his ability to play on or off the ball. That versatility will help Maxey adapt should he reclassify to join a guard-heavy roster this fall.

5. He’s clutch

Why does Calipari want Maxey? Check out how he cooly clears the lane to go at the rim, and, after seeing the double-team, pulls up and sinks the game-winning jumper with a hand in his face.

Come on down and join the party, Tyrese.


Article written by Mrs. Tyler Thompson

No, I will not make you a sandwich, but you can follow me on Twitter @MrsTylerKSR or email me.

16 Comments for 5 Things to Know: Tyrese Maxey

  1. Cokely53
    3:10 pm May 9, 2018 Permalink

    I expect him to rise way up in the rankings by the time they are done. Kid looks like a stud. Hurry up 5 so we can make this official.

  2. ClutchCargo
    3:17 pm May 9, 2018 Permalink

    I’ll take him for ’18 or ’19. There are advantages to whichever he chooses.

  3. babbus
    3:33 pm May 9, 2018 Permalink

    Why are you using CT?

    • Mrs. Tyler Thompson
      3:56 pm May 9, 2018 Permalink

      Because Maxey lives in the Central Time Zone.

    • babbus
      4:17 pm May 9, 2018 Permalink

      So, like, when Wynard committed, did you put the NZ time in there? Sigh, I guess my real question is, why didn’t you convert if for the ease of the vast majority of your site users, while those in CT are used to adjusting?

    • Cokely53
      4:20 pm May 9, 2018 Permalink

      Is it really worth crying about? Tyler you did fine. Don’t listen to them.

    • Mrs. Tyler Thompson
      4:35 pm May 9, 2018 Permalink

      Sounds like you just hate the Central Time Zone (obviously the best time zone).

    • JTHinton
      4:42 pm May 9, 2018 Permalink

      It’s a valid point, but isn’t super hard to comprehend. I’m a fast reader so I thought it was 4ET. Since the Chelsea-Huddersfield game just ended (soccer comes first, especially EPL), I came on the site to see where he committed to, but I missed the central time part. I completely understand why u did it the way u did, TT.

    • babbus
      7:37 am May 10, 2018 Permalink

      I hope you didn’t take offense, like these people seem to think I meant. People like coming to the defense of women I guess, I understand, so do I. Just a slight critique from my perspective. Doesn’t really matter.

      I get this last comment is a joke. Not cool to throw hate around though. It’s in our vocabulary way too often.

    • runningunnin.454
      4:32 pm May 9, 2018 Permalink

      babbus must have real problems with NY and LA…the agony of adding/subtracting three.

    • ClutchCargo
      5:01 pm May 9, 2018 Permalink

      God help us the next time the team plays in Hawaii or Alaska.

    • jaws2
      6:41 pm May 9, 2018 Permalink

      So was that Chelsea Clinton in some kind of game being played overseas?

  4. catsby90.1
    3:47 pm May 9, 2018 Permalink

    Will he play pg or sg?

    • runningunnin.454
      3:58 pm May 9, 2018 Permalink

      Article says PG; but, I’m guessing SG.

    • Cokely53
      4:19 pm May 9, 2018 Permalink

      Possibly depends on the season he comes. This season I would most certainly guess SG. 19 then it could go either way.

  5. Biglaw Dawgin'
    4:22 pm May 9, 2018 Permalink

    Win / win here. We either get a great player or watch Drew eat a shirt.