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.
- Ranked 5th in the SEC in transition scoring (4.1 ppg)