As expected, Tyrese Maxey has declared for the NBA Draft, and his time as a Kentucky Wildcat is done after just one season. Maxey is a projected top-ten pick.
We’ll all remember Maxey for his ability to show up when the lights were shining brightest, which got a glimpse of in the first game against Michigan State in MSG, when he dropped a season-high 26 points and a dagger three.
The Big Blue Nation will miss Maxey stepping on the court, but he has a bright future ahead of him in the league. Here’s how social media reacted to the departure of Tyrese Maxey:
I was harder on @TyreseMaxey than any player this season, and there’s a reason. One, he’s a great kid with a confidence in his ability that does not waver. Two, he has a potential that he has only begun to realize. And three, Tyrese needed to be challenged to take that next step. https://t.co/4sM2JMGL0N— John Calipari (@UKCoachCalipari) April 6, 2020
From his undeniable talent on the floor to his infectious smile off it, our season with @TyreseMaxey was one we'll never forget. He's got our full support as he heads to the @NBADraft.— Kentucky Basketball (@KentuckyMBB) April 6, 2020
Once a Wildcat, always a Wildcat.
➡️ https://t.co/iVsntbkE9R#LaFamilia pic.twitter.com/YIbEc84UC9
.@TyreseMaxey averaged 14.0 points, 4.3 rebounds and 3.2 assists per game this season for @KentuckyMBB. He shot 42.7% from the floor with 33 3-pointers.— Kentucky MBB Stats & Info (@UKMBBStatsInfo) April 6, 2020
Maxey averaged a team-high 19.0 points to go along with 5.3 rebounds in UK's six games vs. @AP_Top25 foes. https://t.co/tEElwB2M0S
Kentucky freshman Tyrese Maxey (@TyreseMaxey), the No. 8 prospect in the ESPN 100, is declaring for the 2020 NBA draft, he told ESPN.— Malika Andrews (@malika_andrews) April 6, 2020
Tyrese Maxey is one of the best kids. I know I've shared this before but nothing impressed me more than the time he thanked me for traveling to cover him during the EYBL circuit. One of best guys to put on a Kentucky jersey.— Shawn Smith (@gbbcountry) April 6, 2020
Kentucky has produced at least one lottery pick in 10 straight NBA Drafts. Tyrese Maxey very likely to make it 11.— Chris Fisher (@ChrisFisher247) April 6, 2020
Tyrese Maxey has declared for the 2020 NBA draft pic.twitter.com/DseJMsEwJz— Courtside Films (@CourtsideFilms) April 6, 2020
Tyrese Maxey balled out whenever the stakes were the highest. Really disappointed that we didn't see him on the biggest stage in college basketball. https://t.co/dSAWOYOytA— Round Daddy (@JStreble82) April 6, 2020
Had heard that today was the day for Tyrese Maxey, and it looks like he will officially head to the NBA Draft. I would expect Nick Richards to make his official announcement by the end of the week as well.— Aaron Torres (@Aaron_Torres) April 6, 2020
Ashton Hagans and now Tyrese Maxey gone from Kentucky. I’d expect Nick Richards to be next to leave Lexington.— Jeff Goodman (@GoodmanHoops) April 6, 2020
With 6-3 + 19 y/o #Kentucky freshman G @TyreseMaxey declaring for the 2020 #nbadraft here's a look back at his well-rounded 17 PTS (7/15 FG), 8 ASTS + 7 REBS in the #Wildcats 78-69 W over #Georgia on 1/7/20— DraftExpressContent (@DXContent) April 6, 2020
Maxey is 8th in @DraftExpress top-100 rankings > https://t.co/zeZqnRljIU pic.twitter.com/3SYG56r9Il
Tyrese Maxey single-handedly breaks the press, has a swift change of direction and tosses a lob for the dunk pic.twitter.com/EzbisrKYOg— Jackson Frank (@jackfrank_jjf) April 6, 2020
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