Five-star guard Tyrese Maxey has a lot of reasons to be confident. He’s The No. 7 player in his class and he’s committed to a college program that’s got a reputation for getting its guys to the NBA.
So, it shouldn’t really come as a surprise that Maxey expects to get to the next level quickly.
“I feel like I am a one-and-done,” he said in an interview on Overtime’s “Lie Detector.” “I have to go take one of [those draft spots]. That’s the plan.”
That really doesn’t come as a surprise. Maxey is one of the top guards in the country, and he’s going to the best pro factory of any school out there.
Maxey also said he was excited to play for Kentucky in Rupp Arena.
“I live for the pressure, it’s live out there,” Maxey said. “I never fold.”
Maxey would become the latest in a strong line of guards to play in Rupp under John Calipari, a list that includes John Wall, Eric Bledsoe, Brandon Knight, Tyler Ulis, Jamal Murray, De’Aaron Fox and Shai Gilgeous-Alexander.
But while many of those guys are known for offense, defense is where Maxey can make a game-changing impact.
A lockdown defender, Maxey is confident that he could take on anyone. Even NBA All-Star and champion Kyrie Irving.
“As soon as we step between those lines, I’m a competitor. He’s going to have to come back and guard me. He’s never guarded (a guy like) me.”
Maxey is currently one of two five-star commits in Kentucky’s 2019 class. The other is small forward Kahlil Whitney. Those two are joined by four-star wing Dontaie Allen. You can watch his full interview below.