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UK signee Tyrese Maxey’s smile, personality, effort made big impression at Nike Hoop Summit

Tyrese Maxey (9) leads cheers for Team USA. (Copyright 2019 Photo by Sam Forencich/USA BAsketball)


Kentucky signee Tyrese Maxey certainly left an impression during his time with Team USA at the Nike Hoop Summit even though he was just 3-for-8 from the field in his team’s 93-87 win over Team World Friday.

Maxey played 24 minutes and also had three rebounds, two assists and one steal.

“I love Tyrese. I think he was probably our best shooter through preliminary, he had a tough game tonight in that way,” USA coach Scott Fitch of New York said. “Once again, that could’ve been a game where a kid hangs his head. You know, a kid that’s a high-level kid, and shots weren’t falling for him but instead of doing that he still guts it out and was giving great effort on defense.

“I love his personality. He’s got a good smile all the time. He’s a guy that I really, really, really enjoy coaching. You know, you walked away from the game really enjoying some of these guys for sure.”

Cole Anthony led Team USA with 24 points on 8-for-18 shooting and also had eight rebounds and two assists in 29 minutes.

“I love Tyrese. That’s one of my best friends throughout high school basketball,” Anthony said. “As coach Fitch said, Tyrese has that big smile. His smile is contagious. It makes me want to smile, too.

“He’s a very capable player, and as coach said, he didn’t hang his head, and that’s what I love about him.”


  1. We have a very good start on this year’s recruiting class but the big question remains…How can Cal close out some of the bigs that are still uncommitted? He seems to have more than his usual misses, and it is becoming more apparent each day that he is going to Whiff on both Hurt and McDaniels. Strong consensus on Duke for Hurt and McDaniels to UW because of family considerations. Coach K continues to get “pick of the litter”

    1. You’re correct, “Coach K continues to get “pick of the litter” and I don’t quite understand the allure.

      1. It is called “pay for play.” Don’t trust Duke or UNC.

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