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Tyrese Maxey is hard at work in recruiting his peers to UK

Maxey is doing his best to ensure UK has a strong finish on the recruiting trail.


Kentucky’s first commit from the 2019 recruiting class was five-star guard Tyrese Maxey.

Like the incoming point guards before him, Maxey is taking his role as a leader seriously even before arriving on campus. To help make his experience as a Wildcat more successful, he is working hard to get other top recruits to join him in Lexington.

Maxey’s first target was James Wiseman, who for a long time was considered a strong Kentucky lean and was considered the top player in the class. But after Wiseman decided to stay home and play for the Memphis Tigers, Maxey has moved his focus onto other forwards in the class.

“It’s like that sometimes,” Maxey told USA Today. “At the end of the day he had to do what was right for him and I respect that. He’s still my man.”

Maxey’s sights have shifted to the other top uncommitted players are the top of the 2019 class. At the moment, he is focused on Keion Brooks, Isaiah Stewart, Jaden McDaniels, and Matthew Hurt. Any combination of those guys could completely change the look of next year’s Kentucky team, and Maxey wants all of them.

“I need those guys with me,” Maxey said. “Now I’m gonna focus on these guys and try and build a great team for the BBN fans next season.”

Many believe Isaiah Stewart is going to Washington, but the other three guys are definitely still in the mix for John Calipari and his staff. Once Stewart commits this weekend, perhaps it could start a domino effect where other guys start to make their announcements.

There are still several names out there associated with the Kentucky Wildcats for 2019, and Maxey is already joined by in-state star Dontaie Allen and top-10 recruit Kahlil Whitney. Who else would you like to see join this class?

Check out the rest of the USA Today piece on Maxey’s recruiting efforts here.