The Breakfast Club is alive and well thanks to Tyrese Maxey.
The club is simply the team meeting early in the morning for weightlifting and on-court workouts to help speed up the chemistry building process, as well as get some extra time to fine-tune their game. Kentucky’s most successful teams have embraced this early morning club, including the 2011-12 team that won it all.
This year, Maxey is on the one leading the charge, according to head coach John Calipari, who hopped on the SEC Coaches Summer Teleconference today:
Calipari said there's already some "Breakfast Club" work by the Cats, and that he thinks it's freshman Tyrese Maxey who is grabbing guys and leading them over to the Craft Center for early morning work.— Jeff Drummond (@JDrumUK) June 27, 2019
Maxey’s tireless effort and relentless pursuit of his goals have been a big reason why he’s become one of the nation’s top incoming freshman and a top-10 recruit in the 2019 class. He’s also already being projected as a first-round pick in the 2020 NBA Draft.
“Tyrese has unbelievable competitive spirit,” Calipari said in November when Maxey signed with the Wildcats. “I love Tyrese’s basketball savvy. He has an elite ability to score the ball, yet he creates shots for his teammates, he defends and he rebounds.
“In all the time I’ve watched him play, rarely does he make the wrong play. He may not make every shot, but he almost always make the right play. You can tell that he’s a coach’s son. Physically he is going to be able compete with the best in the country.”
Maxey may very well end up being UK’s best player, so it’s a great sign that he’s already becoming the leader of this team.