All signs point to Tyrese Maxey committing to Kentucky later today. It’s happening. The five-star point guard out of Texas will pledge his commitment to the University of Kentucky in a video he will release to the internets around 5 p.m. (or 4 p.m. Maxey time). It’ll be the Wildcats in the end when the announcement is made. If it’s not, I’ll eat a t-shirt of the other school on Facebook Live.
But what about those other schools on Maxey’s list? He is, allegedly, considering Michigan State, Texas, Michigan and Oklahoma State, too. I’ve not heard much about any of those schools throughout his recruitment. In fact, I didn’t know he was looking at any of them until he named his final five on Twitter last week.
I WILL BE COMMITTING TO……… ? pic.twitter.com/PTeLSRhko2
— Tyrese Maxey (@TyreseMaxey) May 3, 2018
So why are they in contention (allegedly) for his commitment? It’s hard to say. But here’s his connection to each one:
Tom Izzo visited Maxey back in December, followed by a follow-up visit from a Michigan State assistant in January. Izzo was also in to see him back in the fall, shortly after he offered.
Maxey earned his scholarship offer from the Spartans after he took an unofficial visit to East Lansing back in August. Michigan State was on him early in his junior year, but the buzz has died down since then.
Maxey also visited Michigan, the same weekend he was at Michigan State. He cited the two programs’ history and successful coaches behind the reason for visiting the state he had never seen before. He mentioned former Michigan guard Trey Burke (2013 national champion) as another reason for visiting the Wolverines, but it’s very unlikely he’ll follow Burke’s path to Ann Arbor.
Oklahoma State was one of the first schools Maxey visited, back in October of 2016 when he was only a sophomore in high school. He visited again in the fall of his junior year, but the Cowboys saw a head coaching change from Brad Underwood to Mike Boynton in the middle of those two years of recruiting him.
Shaka Smart has been on Maxey as much as anyone. He gave Maxey one of his first offers late in Maxey’s sophomore year and has maintained steady contact with his in-state target all the way up through this past spring recruiting period. Maxey recently said he loves the Texas coaching staff and it would be nice to play for his home state school. So if any of the four can upset Kentucky, it’s probably Texas. But don’t count on it.