While Kentucky is fully in NCAA Tournament mode planning for its Sweet 16 matchup with Houston on Friday, two future Wildcats (and hopefully a couple more) are participating in the McDonald’s All-American Game festivities in Atlanta this week.
The game, which takes place tonight, will feature Kentucky signee Tyrese Maxey and Kahlil Whitney, who has committed to John Calipari and Kentucky. Additionally, Kentucky’s two top targets in the 2019 class, Matthew Hurt and Jaden McDaniels, will also be playing.
The actual game usually doesn’t reveal a whole lot since it is an exhibition, but the practices usually draw quite a bit of attention and reports have been positive out of practices about how Maxey and Whitney have looked. Whitney participated in the Powerade Jam Fest on Monday night in the dunk contest, and he and Maxey have been working together on the court quite a bit.
Go figure, Tyrese Maxey and Kahlil Whitney have been paired up in every drill thus far. pic.twitter.com/yC0VGyxKQa— Jack Pilgrim (@JackPilgrimKSR) March 26, 2019
Hopefully Maxey and Whitney have developed even more chemistry playing together this week and are able to sway Hurt and McDaniels to join what is setting up to be a really fun and exciting team in Lexington next year.
The game is scheduled to tip off at 7 p.m. on ESPN2 or the WatchESPN app. Make sure to tune in to see some future Cats in action.
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Kentucky signee Tyrese Maxey showed up at McDonald’s in the best shape I’ve seen him. Has scored off a bunch of runners & high glass finishes. pic.twitter.com/l7hFsmKsSI— Evan Daniels (@EvanDaniels) March 26, 2019
Maxey has been turning heads in Atlanta.
A quick note on UK career of Maci Morris. In all of Kentucky Wildcats history, men’s & women’s, only 4 native Kentuckians have scored more points in a UK uniform: 1. Jack Givens 2,038; 2. Adia Mathies 2,014; 3. Leslie Nichols 1,797; 4. Makayla Epps 1,790; 5. Maci Morris 1,692— Mark Story (@markcstory) March 27, 2019
What a career for Maci Morris.
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