Kentucky commit Tyrese Maxey has never been one to bet against himself. The 6-foot-4 guard is a top-ten recruit in the class of 2019, and he knows it.
In an interview with Overtime, Maxey talked a bit about how he matches up against guards such as LaMelo Ball and Kyrie Irving, why he committed to Kentucky, and whether or not he feels he’s good enough to be another one-and-done for John Calipari and the Kentucky program.
“I live for the pressure, it’s live out there,” Maxey said of playing under the lights at Rupp Arena. “I never fold.”
And how will that translate to college basketball? Maxey believes it will end with just one season in a Kentucky uniform before he lives out his NBA dreams.
“I feel like I am a one-and-done,” he said. “I have to go take one of (those 60 draft spots in the draft). That’s the plan.”
When he gets to the league, Maxey says he’s not scared to go up against the best of the best. They’ve never seen a guard like him, he says.
“Kyrie is a bucket, I respect him. But as soon as we step between those lines, I’m a competitor. (If he scores on offense), he’s going to have to come back and guard me. He’s never guarded (a guy like) me.”
Not only does he believe he’s the best player in his own state. Maxey believes he’s the No. 1 recruit in the nation.
“I know I’m the best player in Texas, by far,” he said. “I feel like I am (the best player in the country).
Watch the entire interview below:
Maxey, now a top-10 recruit in 247 Sports’ latest 2019 rankings, doesn’t lack confidence, that’s for sure. And thus far, he has backed up every word.
We have one more season before he gets to Lexington, but you better believe he’s going to be a fan favorite.