We all remember Malik Monk putting up 47 points against North Carolina. We know Jamal Murray’s scoring in 2015-2016 is top 10 in school history.
But both of those guys have been gone for several seasons, and Kentucky fans have really missed having an elite scorer that can completely take over a game.
Meet Tyrese Maxey.
CoachCal.com introduced Maxey on Monday as their first feature on the Meet the Wildcats series for the coming season. While it’s obvious that Maxey can score the basketball from all levels, John Calipari seems even more impressed by the young guard’s basketball IQ.
“I love Tyrese’s basketball savvy,“ Calipari said. “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.”
Basketball savvy is something that many freshmen players lack. They are young and learning, and college basketball is a chance for them to learn and grow before taking a crack at the NBA.
So for a player to come into his first season at Kentucky prepared to lead a team offensively, from either guard position, Calipari must be stoked out of his mind. While Ashton Hagans will likely start at the point guard position, I fully expect the offense to run through Tyrese Maxey.
If you ask Tyrese, he seems up for the challenge.
“Growing up watching Coach Cal-led teams, all the way back to Memphis, he always lets his guards play,” Maxey said. “He has a track record of developing guards and helping them reach their potential. I want to be coached and I know Coach Cal will push me and hold me accountable. I’m happy to be a part of this great tradition.”