If you’ve been paying attention to social media lately I’m sure that you’ve noticed John Calipari has been making moves.
Cal has been a man on a mission this past week recruiting every 5-star athlete in sight, and he might not even be finished yet.
The buzz is building that 5-star guard Tyrese Maxey from the class of 2019 may be committing to the University of Kentucky, and that he may reclassify to the 2018 class as well.
Rumors of Maxey in addition to 2019 5-star guard Ashton Hagans reclassifying for 2018 have Kentucky fans on the edge of their seats, but more than just the fans are awaiting this big news.
The players are all very curious to see if Cal is finished, or if he’s just started.
With an already very guard-deep roster, I’m sure some players are worried about the minutes they will receive. We’ve already seen Kentucky big man Sacha Killeya-Jones transfer out due to the depth at his position on the team, and if Maxey reclassifies it could potentially cause more of the same.
If everyone were to be in the 2018 class we would currently have Quade Green, Hamidou Diallo (if he stays, which he won’t), Immanuel Quickly, Tyler Herro, Ashton Hagans, and now Tyler Maxey.
That’s a lot of starting caliber players fighting for minutes. Quade Green stepped into a backup role this season behind Shai Gilgeous-Alexander after Shai broke out into the star he is now. I’m not so sure he would accept a backup, backup role behind the 4 new guards, and I don’t think BBN is ready to say goodbye to Quade yet.
Curtis Burch interviewed Kentucky 2018 commits Tyler Herro and Keldon Johnson at the Nike Hoop Summit about UK potentially adding Maxey.
Johnson seemed to embrace the extra competition saying, “[Tyrese Maxel] is a dynamic player, he’s really good. We would love to have him this year or next year. I mean, I think it would be a really good fit for him.”
Keldon Johnson on Tyrese Maxey, "He's a dynamic player... we'd love to have him whether it is this year or next year." pic.twitter.com/Cc4844XD6e— Curtis Burch (@curtisburch) April 12, 2018
Herro did not seem to enjoy the idea of added competition the same way, but he did wonder would it would mean for Quade Green.
“Yeah, I would but I think right now, if Ashton reclassified, I think we have a lot of guards already. That’s if Quade [Green] stays around, if everyone stays around....that’s between him and Coach Cal though.”
If Cal gets the guards to all be in the 2018 class it could be a little too crowded, and I would expect to see at least one or possibly two current Kentucky guards to declare for the draft or transfer.
Would Tyler Herro welcome the competition if Tyrese Maxey joined this year's UK recruiting class? “Yeah I would, but I think right now, if Aston reclassified, I think we have a lot of guards already” pic.twitter.com/sykrsLsrJ4— Curtis Burch (@curtisburch) April 12, 2018