About Tyrese Maxey
Tyrese Maxey is a capable all-around guard who can score in bunches when his jump shot is falling but proved to be a threat from all three levels during his freshman year at Kentucky. Emerging as a top prospect early in his prep career, Maxey helped the United States to a gold medal at the 2018 FIBA U18 Americas Championship and was selected to play in the McDonald’s All-American Game, Jordan Brand Classic, and Nike Hoop Summit. Widely regarded as one of the top 10 prospects in the high school class of 2019 following his senior year at South Garland High School (TX), the Dallas native committed to Kentucky to play for Head Coach John Calipari.
Having arguably his best game of the season scoring 26 points on opening night in a victory over then top-ranked Michigan State, Maxey finished the year averaging 14 points, 4.3 and 3.1 assists per game to earn All-SEC 2nd Team honors solidifying himself as an x-factor for the top-10-ranked Wildcats.
- Standing 6-foot-3 with a solid 200-pound frame and a 6-foot-7.75 wingspan, Maxey has nice size for a combo guard. He is a good all-around athlete who can play above the rim with a head of steam and move his feet well on the defensive end.
- Spending time playing both on and off the ball in Kentucky’s three-guard lineups, Maxey did much of his scoring as a shooter relocating on the perimeter and by making a consistent effort to sprint up the floor in transition. He also fared well creating for himself and others as a secondary ball handler in the pick and roll as his combination of quickness and ability to make shots from all over the floor shined for stretches of his freshman year. Having some ups and downs from the field, the Wildcats whose offense thrived when he was delivering from the perimeter.
- An active, competitive defender whose length helped simplify the Wildcats’ rotation, Maxey was still learning how to be consistently solid off the ball last season but had quite a few impressive moments using his quickness to guard on the perimeter.
- Despite regularly guarding taller wings, Maxey held his own on the defensive end last season. He may not have forced many turnovers, but he used his size and length well to pressure the ball and allowed only 0.26 points per one-on-one possession [97th percentile]. Doing a nice job getting over screens at times and containing smaller guards in spurts, he showed the two-way potential that earned him accolades at the prep level.
- Not faring quite as well on defending off the ball, Maxey’s effort level could allow him to fare better in that regard as he gains experience.
- Named 2019-20 All-SEC Second Team and All-Freshman Team by the league’s coaches.
- Midseason finalist for both the 2019-20 Wooden National Player of the Year and Jerry West Shooting Guard of the Year awards.
- Three-time SEC Freshman of the Week. FRESHMAN (2019-20)
- Averaged 14.0 points, 4.3 rebounds and 3.2 assists.
- Led UK in minutes (34.5 mpg -- fourth in the SEC).
- Finished sixth in the conference and 85th in the nation in free throw percentage (83.3).
- Scoring average increased to 15.5 ppg over the final 12 games of the season.
- Had three games of 25 points or more, including 26 in his first NCAA game vs. No. 1 Michigan State (Nov. 5), setting a UK freshman record for a debut.
- Scored a career-high 27 points in a win over No. 3 Louisville (Dec. 28).
- 2019 McDonald’s All-American and Naismith All-America Second Team.
- No. 10 overall prospect, according to the Recruiting Services Consensus Index.
- Won a gold medal with the U-18 U.S. National Team in the 2018 U-18 FIBA Americas.
- Combo guard with a well-rounded skill set.
- Has the size and length to play either guard spot.
- Confident shot maker and finisher off the bounce.
- Plays with natural energy at both ends.
- Has seen every Marvel movie since 2008.
- Graduated in the top 5 percent of his high school class.
- Father, Tyrone, played basketball at Washington State under coach Kelvin Sampson.
- Averaged a team-high 19.0 points against top 25 opponents during the 2019-20 season.
“He is going to do great in [the NBA] because there’s nothing he can’t do. He can handle the ball, he can shoot, he has got great athleticism and he really defended as the season went on. In a lot of ways, he reminds me of what Jamal Murray was able to do, and we know how well he has done in the NBA.”
-- Kentucky coach John Calipari