Guest article written by Lori Mills.
Another 2019 Guard will be off the recruiting table tomorrow. South Garland, Texas native, Tyrese Maxey will commit (presumably via twitter) at 4 pm. He has five schools on his list: Michigan State, Kentucky, Oklahoma State, Michigan and Texas. A 6’3 point guard whose ability to score is one of the key pieces to his game, Maxey is currently ranked at No. 13 overall in the Class of 2019 by 247 sports, the No. 2 PG in the class behind Wildcat commit Ashton Hagans.
Things started heating up for Tyrese Maxey’s recruitment when the live period opened a few weeks back and John Calipari showed up for an in home visit. Six days later on April 11th, Maxey was visited again by Calipari and news broke that he was “intrigued” about the thought of joining the 2018 class.
When word came that Kentucky’s Quade Green would return for a sophomore season, nearly everyone flipped the switch off for Maxey reclassifying. Along with Green, Kentucky also would have Immanuel Quickley, and likely Ashton Hagans, who is already committed and suspected to reclassify. The way the roster is shaking out, it seems like another guard would just be too much.
After a month of speculation, Kentucky fans will find out tomorrow that, more likely than not, Maxey will be a Wildcat. The real question is, when? We may or may not find out which class Maxey plans to be in during his announcement. There has been much debate on that. 247Sports analyst, Andrew Slater thinks there’s a chance Maxey stays in 2019 while others disagree.
I would bet the other side on that 2018 vs ‘19 action https://t.co/5tjuXD6Omo
— Andrew Slater (@Andrew__Slater) May 4, 2018
I, for one, don’t really care which class Maxey ends up being in but more so that he’s a Cat. Months ago, many thought it’d be a battle between SMU, where his dad was employed, and Kentucky. Almost everyone seemed to favor SMU over Kentucky but then, well you know the rest. Never bet against John Calipari. So I count Maxey committing to the Wildcats as more of a win (regardless of class) than many might. He very well could end up being Calipari’s best all around PG if he stays in 2019 or he could join a super team in 2018 and have his basketball IQ help the Cats contend for #9.
So until tomorrow, as you get ready to welcome another Wildcat to the family (barring something crazy), watch some of these phenomenal highlights!