By LARRY VAUGHT
As expected, Texas five-star junior guard Tyrese Maxey verbally committed to Kentucky today and then indicated despite what some had been saying about him reclassifying that he would stay in the 2019 recruiting class. He said he told UK coach John Calipari about a week ago that he would not join the 2018 recruiting class.
The 6-3 Maxey is rated among the nation’s top 15 players in the 2019 recruiting class.
Maxey had narrowed his list of college choices to Texas, Oklahoma State, Michigan and Michigan State but Kentucky has been considered the clear leader for months. He said UK offered the “best opportunity” for him but that he wanted to “enjoy” his final high school season with his teammates. He said he made
Kentucky also has a 2019 commitment from forward D.J. Jeffries of Mississippi and Maxey said he would do all he could to convince forward James Wiseman of Memphis, the top player in the 2019 class, to also pick UK over Memphis.
Wiseman has indicated he would like to play with Hagans and Maxey — along with Jeffries.
Maxey is explosive going to the basket but is also a terrific 3-point shooter. Like Hagans, he’s also a physical player who is already a solid defender.
“One thing that I feel like I will help a lot with is my leadership,” Maxey told recruiting analyst Evan Daniels of 247Sports and FoxSports. “I feel like I’m very vocal and will probably be coming in with a young team because that’s just how coach Cal does it, so I feel like he’s going to need leadership.
“Something that my high school coach told me is that player led teams are the best led teams, so you know a leader on the court. On the court I like to defend, I defend pretty well and score, I want the ball and facilitate and that’s one thing that I take pride in.”