John Calipari isn’t quite done adding point guards to his already loaded backcourt for next season.
If you’ve been following UK recruiting news this week, you’d know there have been persistent rumors of another 2019 recruit reclassifying and joining UK’s 2018 class.
Now, SEC Country’s Kyle Tucker reports that it’s 2019 five-star point guard Tyrese Maxey, who even talked about this possibility.
“Me and Coach Cal have talked about [reclassifying] multiple times. He’s just saying it would be a great opportunity for me to be a part of this special team that he’s building for next season,” said Maxey.
A source told Sea of Blue that Maxey was possibility last week, which obviously came before Ashton Hagans announced his commitment on Tuesday.
”He just feels as if Kentucky will benefit him more, and his dad agrees,” said the source.
With Hagans now on board, however, one has to wonder if that had any impact on what Maxey wants to do, but it is worth noting that two of the first players Calipari met with when the most live recruiting period began were Hagans and Maxey.
Maxey, who hails from South Garland High School in Texas, is ranked No. 13 overall in the 2019 class by the 247 Sports Composite in addition to being the No. 2 point guard. Assuming Hagans moves into the 2018 class, Maxey would be the top point guard in 2019.
The 6-3, 185-pound guard already holds offers from UK, Michigan State, Baylor, Florida State, LSU, Marquette, Oklahoma, Texas and UCLA among others. He visited UK for Big Blue Madness and was also visited by UK assistant Tony Barbee back in September.
But what’s interesting about Maxey is he’s a very good scorer and slasher that could easily be a 2 in college. In fact, Rivals and ESPN list him as a shooting guard, so perhaps he’d be more of a replacement for Hamidou Diallo, who is all but locked into going to the NBA Draft.