Five-star point guard Tyrese Maxey became the first recruit in the class of 2019 to officially sign with Kentucky on Wednesday, the first day of the national early signing period.
Maxey — a 6-foot-3 prospect from Texas — signed with the Cats during a special ceremony at his high school. He was also UK’s first commitment for the 2019 class, giving his pledge in early May. Maxey is the No. 10 overall player in the class of 2019, according to the 247Sports composite rankings.
UK confirmed the signing Wednesday afternoon.
“Tyrese has unbelievable competitive spirit,” UK Coach John Calipari said in a statement. “I love Tyrese’s basketball savvy. He has an elite ability to score the ball, yet he creates shots for his teammates, he defends and he rebounds. In all the time I’ve watched him play, rarely does he make the wrong play. He may not make every shot, but he almost always make the right play. You can tell that he’s a coach’s son. Physically he is going to be able compete with the best in the country.”
Allen is scheduled to sign with the Cats on Friday.
Whitney’s mother told Kentucky Sports Radio this week that her son is not planning to officially sign during the early period, though that would be a rare move for UK basketball commitments.
Past recruits and their families have made similar statements ahead of the early signing period, and those players eventually did sign early with the Cats, so there’s no cause for UK to be concerned with Whitney’s situation at the moment.
The early signing period ends Nov. 21.
It’s official at South Garland: Tyrese Maxey (@TyreseMaxey), the No. 1 overall player in Texas for 2019, signs with Kentucky and four-star guard Chris Harris Jr. (@chrisharris_2) signs with Texas A&M. #txhsbb pic.twitter.com/wFJGjXPSKS
— Callie Caplan (@CallieCaplan) November 14, 2018