By LARRY VAUGHT
One reason that Kentucky signee Tyrese Maxey did not reclassify to the 2018 recruiting class was so he could hopefully play in the McDonald’s All-American Game like he did last week in Atlanta. He had 13 points on 5-for-10 shooting and hit three 3-pointers in the game and also made two runners in the lane — something he said he had been working on to help him once he gets to UK.
Maxey was openly encouraged by his parents to reclassify but never seriously considered doing so.
“We don’t know all the answers to parenthood. I have been a player and Tyrese is a pretty mature kid,” Tyrone Maxey, the player’s father, said. “We just thought you have done everything in high school, why not go up? You are ready and Cal (John Calipari) thinks you are ready, so go make it happen.
“He wanted to stay and play with his friends he had known since fifth grade. The McDonald’s game was one of his goals. He is a very strategic kid. It just was not in his plan to reclassify. We respected that. It’s his life to live and it made sense to him, so we supported him 100 percent.”
Tyrese Maxey also returned to South Garland (Texas) High School to win a state title. His father won one as a junior and Maxey’s team had lost in the state final in 2018. This year the team lost in the regional final.
“I would tease him about me having a title and he wanted to win one so bad to shut me up but our team fell just a little short,” Tyrone Maxey, an assistant coach on the team, said.
However, playing in the McDonald’s Game helped Maxey know he made the right decision.
“This was a dream come true for me, just like I thought it was,” he said. “I would have loved being at Kentucky, but I don’t have any regrets and now it is my time to be there, so it’s all fine.”