John Calipari isn’t sure exactly what his roster will look like for next season but that’s not stopping him from laying the bricks for 2019-2020.
The Kentucky head coach will meet with 2019 five-star guard Tyrese Maxey today. Maxey is ranked No. 12 in the Rivals 2019 rankings.
The 6-foot-4, 185-pound Texas native doesn’t have the offer sheet that you may expect from a five-star player, but there’s a reason why. It’s because UK is the perceived leader but if it’s not Kentucky that lands Maxey he seems likely to end up staying in Texas.
Maxey’s father, Tyrone Maxey, was named director of recruiting at SMU back in August. Schools like Kansas, Duke and other traditional bluebloods may realize that if the Cats can’t pull him away from SMU than no one can.
And before some of you say that Maxey ends up at SMU, that’s far from a guarantee. Kentucky’s staff generally does a solid job of reading the writing on the wall when it comes to recruits and parents. UK never became overly invested in Michael Porter Jr., who ended up playing for his dad at Mizzou. UK also never locked in on Ben Simmons, but he did commit early.
This now marks at least five in-person interactions between Calipari and Maxey since October, more if you count that Maxey actually took an unofficial visit to Texas A&M to watch the Aggies beat UK. Maxey has been on UK’s campus.
John Calipari and Tony Barbee were both in for an in-home visit with Maxey, where they ate some Texas barbeque with the five-star guard.
Take a look:
Check out Winners Barbecue in Plano!! pic.twitter.com/EtyCEJyhuF
— Denysemaxey (@maxeydenyse) April 5, 2018
Odds Coach Cal used his “everyone eats at Kentucky” line at the dinner table?