John Calipari and his Kentucky staff added one of the top backcourt talents in the Class of 2019 with the commitment of 6’3 Tyrese Maxey, our No.18 rated junior, from Garland, TX South Garland High!
Maxey chose Kentucky over Texas, Michigan, Michigan State and Oklahoma State.
The main reason is John Calipari’s success with point guards and their ability to develop into NBA level players in one or two years on the Lexington campus.
He averaged 24.0 points, 5.7 rebounds and 4.7 assists, while shooting 36.5 percent from 3-point range and added 2.9 steals. He has a lot of the same tools that Eric Bledsoe showed at Kentucky, but is more mature in his game as a high school player and is ready to compete for a starting spot no matter who is in the program the day he arrives on campus. He can defend the one thru three spots a la Marcus Smart and can play either guard spot offensively. That versatility will is a strength that not many young players have entering college. He will make Calipari smile with his effort on both ends of floor!
He joins 6-8 small forward D.J. Jeffries and 6-4 point guard Ashton Hagans in the Wildcat Class of 2019, but Hagans has said he will re-classify and join the Cats next fall.