5-Star PG Prospect Tyrese Maxey Commits to Kentucky over SMU

Alec Nathan@@AlecBNathanFeatured ColumnistMay 9, 2018

Credit: 247Sports

Tyrese Maxey, a 5-star point guard from Garland, Texas, committed to the Kentucky Wildcats on Wednesday.   

Maxey is the 13th-ranked player in the nation and second-ranked point guard among all class of 2019 recruits, according to 247Sports. He's also the top-ranked player from the state of Texas. 

"Kentucky has been my dream school ever since I can remember," Maxey wrote on his blog for USA Today. "I’ve wanted to play for Coach Cal since I saw him coach Derrick Rose. He does a great job of coaching guards and getting them to the next level. It's a dream come true."

According to ESPN.com's Jeff Borzello, Maxey has opted to stay in the class of 2019 and will not reclassify after he told Scott Phillips of NBCSports.com last month that "he would seriously consider joining the class of 2018." 

Assuming he doesn't change his mind in the coming months, Maxey will join a stacked 2019 recruiting class that should have head coach John Calipari giddy. 

In addition to Maxey, Kentucky also boasts 5-star point guard Ashton Hagans and 4-star swingman D.J. Jeffries. That recruiting class, as currently constructed, ranks second nationally and tops in the SEC, per 247. 

Questions will undoubtedly linger regarding Maxey's ability to co-exist with Hagans. But considering the South Garland High School product is comfortable working off the ball as a spot-up shooter and decisive dribble-drive operator, those two shouldn't have a hard time establishing comfortable chemistry. 

"Coach Cal has had three 5-star guards on the roster before with Isaiah Briscoe, De'Aaron Fox and Malik Monk, and he gets it done," Maxey told SEC Country's Kyle Tucker. "And that's not the first time he's had it like that. He had Tyler Ulis, the Harrison twins, Devin Booker. That’s four 5-star guards on one team. He finds a way to make stuff like that happen and work, so you gotta trust him."

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