2019 Kentucky commit Tyrese Maxey, not only believes he is the country’s best guard but that he can also aid in recruiting the top player in the 2019 class: James Wiseman.
In an interview with USA Today Sports’ Jason Jordan, Maxey opened up about life as a high school star, as well as who he’s recruiting to join him in Lexington.
Part of why Maxey thinks Wiseman will join the Cats is his favorite player is former Cat Anthony Davis.
“That’s a good thing for us,” Maxey said. “My favorite player is John Wall and I picked Kentucky. I feel good about getting him to Kentucky. We’ll see what happens.”
Maxey is the seventh-ranked player in his class. He’s the top shooting guard and second-ranked guard. Cole Anthony (third overall) is the lone guard ahead of him.
Maxey has certainly impressed scouts as of late, including a recent 68-65, head-to-head win over Anthony at the Peach Jam. The Kentucky commit posted an efficient 18 points and five boards to lead his Houston Hoops team to a win over the PSA Cardinals.
Speaking of Anthony, he too is someone Maxey hopes to play with in college, though he’s also making sure to give him space.
“I’ve been giving him his space recently,” Maxey said. “At first I was talking to him more, but I know how it was when I was in the process. It’s a business decision so I want him to do what’s best for him.”
Even though they were competitors recently, Maxey has great admiration for Anthony’s game.
While Kentucky has shown more interest in Anthony this summer, Duke is still the perceived favorite in this recruitment.
As for Wiseman, Kentucky and Memphis are both battling for him.
The chance to play with a high talent like Maxey, however, may persuade the Tennessee native to join the Big Blue Nation.
Wiseman wouldn’t be alone in the frontcourt, either, as 19th ranked D.J. Jeffries has also committed to Kentucky.
In fact, Jeffries and Wiseman are AAU teammates. A tandem of them in college would be lethal, especially with Maxey in the backcourt. Throw in a few returning players from this season’s team, and Calipari would have yet another stacked roster.
As if it couldn’t get any better, the future looks as bright as ever for the Wildcats.