Tyrese Maxey has always been touted as a talented, versatile scorer with fantastic lead-guard skills on offense. What a lot of people may not have seen right away is his prolific defensive ability.
It has, however, been recognized by D1 Circuit, as Maxey has been awarded the Nike EYBL Defensive Player of the Year after averaging 2.7 steals per game and going 10-2 with Houston Hoops in EYBL circuit play.
“It means a lot to win this award, because I feel like my defense is underrated,” Maxey told D1 circuit.
Maxey’s defensive proficiency is one of the many legitimate positives he brings as a basketball player. His always-smiling expressiveness and personality make him one of the most likable people you’ll ever meet. This causes guys like Cole Anthony to really want to play alongside him.
His offense was also at an extremely high level in EYBL play, averaging 21.7 points per game on 48.7% shooting with 4.4 assists as well.
Needless to say, Kentucky faithful will be counting down the days until Tyrese Maxey is on campus. Players with this much upside on both offense and defense are hard to come by, especially at the high school level.
John Calipari and company found themselves quite the gem with Maxey’s commitment in May, as he looks to be the face of an exceptional 2019 recruiting class for Kentucky.