By LARRY VAUGHT
Kentucky commit Tyrese Maxey may have trouble finding challenges during his high school season in Texas. Most recruiting analysts believe his game is ready now to play for a major college team.
“When you look at high level guards like Maxey, there isn’t much that needs improvement but I would say he needs to get a little stronger and tighten up his ball handling,” Rivals.com recruiting writer Krysten Peek said. “Tyrese has such a quick release in his jump shot, it’s very hard to guard him already.
“Since he’s such a good shooter he can knock down a few 3’s and then get his defender up in the air with a fake and drive right by them the next time down the court. I love his intensity on defense and how quick he pushes the ball up the court after a turnover or in transition.”
Maxey admits his verbal commitment to Kentucky generated a lot of social media interest for him from UK fans.
“It is cool, I enjoy it,” Maxey said. “I don’t pay that much attention to it. I am happy with my decision and commitment.”
What if his team had an opportunity to play in a showcase event in Kentucky next season like the Marshall County Hoop Fest or McCracken County Mustang Madness?
“I don’t feel like it would put any pressure on my team,” Maxey said. “We could just go down and compete and have fun. One thing we do, we like to have fun on our team. I would love for that to happen and for all the Kentucky fans to get a chance to see me play. It would be cool to watch them and for them to watch my team.”
Peek said that attitude is why Kentucky fans are going to like Maxey so much when he does get to Lexington and why he will be the perfect fit for UK on and off the court.
“Tyrese is a great kid. He loves the game of basketball and he puts so much work into his own game. He has a great attitude and is easy to talk to,” Peek said. “I think he’ll be very popular in Kentucky.”