There’s no denying that Bill Self has an advantage coaching the USA U18 team in Canada this week, but that advantage doesn’t apply to UK commit Tyrese Maxey.
Maxey is already committed to the Cats, but admitted he’s building a relationship with the Kansas head coach. Self had nothing but great things to say about Maxey after the USA’s 118-26 win over Panama on Monday.
“He’s been great,” Self said. “He’s probably been as good of a player as we’ve had in our first two games. He’s unselfish, but he can score. I’m impressed with him because he can really score the ball, but he really has played as a controlled guard. He hasn’t taken bad shots. He’s looked to make the extra pass when possible. He’s going to be a really, really good player. He’s going to play a long time.”
Maxey says he jokes to Self about UK and Kansas, but it’s clear he thinks highly of Self.
“It’s great,” Maxey said. “I mess with him all the time about it. He’s really cool. He really pushed us today and gave us a long speech just talking about playing for USA and how he would be happy everyday. I think that’s one reason why we came out here so strong and started so fast today.”
We’re still a year away from Maxey playing for John Calipari (who was in attendance on Monday) but not too many players can say they played for Self and Calipari.