Status: UK signee
Point guard | 6-3 | 190
School: South Garland
Hometown: Garland, Texas
Maxey committed to Kentucky in May of 2018, choosing the Wildcats over fellow finalists Michigan, Michigan State, Oklahoma State and Texas.
John Calipari made Maxey a major priority early in the recruiting cycle. He was the first point guard in the 2019 class to land a scholarship offer from the UK coach, who visited him several times in Texas over a matter of months and also hosted Maxey’s family for a visit on Big Blue Madness weekend.
The Cats were the clear favorites going into Maxey’s college announcement. The only real question was whether he would choose to reclassify to 2018 and play college basketball right away, something he had been openly discussing all spring. Maxey stuck in 2019, made the McDonald’s All-American Game, and finished the season as a top-10 national recruit.
He’ll be among the top backcourt freshmen in the country next season, and he should emerge right away as one of Kentucky’s go-to scorers in the 2019-20 season.
“He’s kind of like the definition of a do-it-all guard,” Rivals.com’s Corey Evans told the Herald-Leader. “There’s really no major deficiencies with him.”
Maxey averaged 22.2 points, 6.3 rebounds and 3.6 assists per game and led his team to the state quarterfinals in Texas. He was also one of the leading scorers on the Nike summer circuit last summer.
“Tyrese Maxey’s biggest strength is his ability to score, and — at 6-3 — he is just wired up to get buckets. And he can do it at all three levels. He’s tough. He’s competitive. He’s aggressive off the dribble. But I think scoring is where he really excels.”
-Recruiting analyst Evan Daniels