Top recruit Maxey officially signs with Kentucky

 Posted by at 11:10 AM on November 14, 2018  Comments Off on Top recruit Maxey officially signs with Kentucky
Nov 142018
 

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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.

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Kahlil Whitney projected as top-10 NBA Draft pick

 Posted by at 10:10 AM on October 12, 2018  Comments Off on Kahlil Whitney projected as top-10 NBA Draft pick
Oct 122018
 

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ESPN revealed its first NBA mock draft for 2020 on Friday morning, and the top end of those projections includes several UK recruits.

Class of 2019 commitment Kahlil Whitney comes in as the No. 7 overall pick, and he’s joined in the top 10 by UK recruiting targets James Wiseman (No. 1), Cole Anthony (No. 2), Jaden McDaniels (No. 3) and Isaiah Stewart (No. 6). Other UK targets included in ESPN’s mock draft include Matthew Hurt (No. 16), Vernon Carey (No. 22) and current class of 2020 recruit N’Faly Dante (No. 37).

Tyrese Maxey, another UK commitment, is No. 22 on ESPN’s list, which also includes current Wildcats Ashton Hagans (No. 36) and Nick Richards (No. 46).

ESPN’s most recent mock draft for 2019 included Keldon Johnson and PJ Washington as first-round picks.

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Maxey returns to court in USA’s gold-medal victory

 Posted by at 10:13 PM on June 16, 2018  Comments Off on Maxey returns to court in USA’s gold-medal victory
Jun 162018
 

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UK commitment Tyrese Maxey returned to the court Saturday night after missing time with a sprained ankle and helped the USA Basketball U18 team defeat Canada, 113-74, to win a gold medal in the FIBA Americas U18 tournament.

Maxey, who suffered a sprained ankle in the team’s final pool game earlier this week, scored two points in 12 minutes against Canada. He started in all three of Team USA’s pool games, averaging 11.0 points in 20.0 minutes, before missing the quarterfinal and semifinal games with the ankle injury.

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Maxey among leading scorers in Team USA opener

 Posted by at 11:18 PM on June 10, 2018  Comments Off on Maxey among leading scorers in Team USA opener
Jun 102018
 

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Tyrese Maxey scored 14 points to go along with five rebounds, three assists and three steals in the USA Basketball U18 team’s 105-73 victory over the Dominican Republic in Sunday night’s opener at the FIBA Americas tournament in Canada.

Maxey, a UK commitment for the 2019 class, was 5-for-8 from the field and 2-for-5 from three-point range. The USA team will play Panama on Monday night, and UK assistant coach Tony Barbee was there to see Maxey and a few UK targets play Sunday.

Starting alongside Maxey on Sunday were fellow UK targets Matthew Hurt (12 points and a team-high nine rebounds) and Cole Anthony (a team-high 18 points and three assists).

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Tyrese Maxey makes USA Basketball U18 team

 Posted by at 4:25 PM on June 5, 2018  Comments Off on Tyrese Maxey makes USA Basketball U18 team
Jun 052018
 

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UK commitment Tyrese Maxey has made it past the final round of cuts and will be part of the USA Basketball U18 team that travels to Canada later this week to play for a FIBA gold medal.

Maxey — a 6-foot-3 point guard — was one of 12 players selected for the squad, which is being coached by Kansas’ Bill Self and will start international play Sunday night. The future Kentucky Wildcat — a member of the class of 2019 — has been in Colorado Springs since last week as part of the U18 training camp.

Other UK targets joining Maxey on the U18 team are Cole Anthony and Matthew Hurt. Both of those uncommitted 2019 prospects are also being recruited by Self.

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Maxey among finalists for USA Basketball U18 team

 Posted by at 10:32 AM on June 3, 2018  Comments Off on Maxey among finalists for USA Basketball U18 team
Jun 032018
 

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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — UK commitment Tyrese Maxey made it through the first cuts for the USA Basketball U18 national team Sunday morning, making him one of 18 players still competing for 12 spots on the squad.

Maxey was one of 33 prospects invited to the U18 training camp, which started Thursday evening and is being run by Kansas Coach Bill Self. Three other players with UK scholarship offers for 2019 — Keion Brooks, Matthew Hurt and Jalen Lecque — also made the cut, as did probable UK target Cole Anthony.

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USA Basketball measurements for top UK targets

 Posted by at 11:35 AM on June 2, 2018  Comments Off on USA Basketball measurements for top UK targets
Jun 022018
 

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — USA Basketball released official measurements Saturday morning for players participating in this month’s U18 training camp. The USA measurements are typically the most accurate for high school recruits.

Here’s a look at how some UK targets and recruits of interest measured out:

Official measurements from Team USA
Player Status Height (w/shoes) Weight Wingspan Standing reach
Cole Anthony Target 6-3 184 6-5 7-11
Bryan Antoine UK offer 6-4.5 167.5 6-8 8-5
Keion Brooks UK offer 6-6.5 186 6-9
Matthew Hurt UK offer 6-9 214.5 6-9 8-10
Jalen Lecque UK offer 6-3.5 189 6-8 8-3
Kira Lewis Target 6-2 161.5 6-5 8-3
Scottie Lewis UK offer 6-5 184 6-11 8-8
Tyrese Maxey UK commit 6-2.5 187.5 6-6 8-3.5

 

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Calipari in Colorado to see top basketball recruits

 Posted by at 11:18 AM on June 2, 2018  Comments Off on Calipari in Colorado to see top basketball recruits
Jun 022018
 

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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — UK Coach John Calipari arrived at the U.S. Olympic training complex here Saturday morning to see several of the Wildcats’ top recruiting targets.

It was the third day of training camp for the USA Basketball U18 hopefuls Saturday, the first day that college coaches were permitted to attend the event. Coaches will also be allowed back into the camp Sunday.

The camp roster is loaded with UK recruits, including five-star point guard Tyrese Maxey, who has already committed to the Wildcats for the 2019 class. Other 2019 recruits with UK scholarship offers in attendance are Bryan Antoine, Keion Brooks, Matthew Hurt, Jalen Lecque and Scottie Lewis.

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National analyst picks UK for top basketball recruit

 Posted by at 11:51 AM on April 22, 2018  Comments Off on National analyst picks UK for top basketball recruit
Apr 222018
 

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247Sports national recruiting analyst Evan Daniels logged a Crystal Ball prediction in favor of Kentucky for five-star point guard Tyrese Maxey on Saturday night.

Maxey — a 6-foot-3 prospect from Garland, Texas — has hosted John Calipari and UK assistant coach Tony Barbee twice for in-home visits over the past couple of weeks, and the national perception of his recruitment has swung heavily in the Wildcats’ favor over the past few days. UK now has nearly 90 percent of the picks on Maxey’s Crystal Ball page.

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UK still interested in five-star guard Jalen Lecque

 Posted by at 11:00 AM on April 17, 2018  Comments Off on UK still interested in five-star guard Jalen Lecque
Apr 172018
 

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Five-star combo guard Jalen Lecque is still on UK’s recruiting radar.

The New York native — now playing for Christ School in North Carolina — had an in-home visit with the Wildcats over the weekend, according to national recruiting analyst Andrew Slater.

Duke assistant coach Nate James is expected to visit Lecque on Tuesday.

The 6-foot-4 prospect has been on Kentucky’s radar for months, and the Herald-Leader has been told in the past that Lecque could reclassify to 2018 if he were to land a scholarship offer from a blueblood program like UK or Duke.

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