The spring basketball recruiting period opened Thursday, and that means Kentucky coach John Calipari was on the road. Here’s who the Wildcats are targeting in the Class of 2019.
5-star point guard Tyrese Maxey
John Calipari’s first stop once the dead period ended? A trip to Texas to meet 5-star point guard Tyrese Maxey, the 13th-ranked prospect in the 2019 class, according to the 247Sports composite. Kentucky offered Maxey a scholarship in October.
The #1 recruit in the state of TX @TyreseMaxey of @SGColonelSports had a great first home visit with this guy, @UKCoachCalipari and Coach Barbee! Maxey is a 5-star recruit & 1 of the top HS Guards in the Nation pic.twitter.com/3eptIKHtIk
— Jabari Johnson (@coachjabari) April 5, 2018
Kentucky and SMU are the early favorites to land the the Garland, Texas, resident. Maxey’s father, Tyrone Maxey, is on the SMU basketball staff. He was hired last August as the Mustangs’ director of player development.
Tyrone Maxey was formerly an assistant coach at South Garland High, the school his son attends. The familial connection obviously puts SMU in contention for a player it wouldn’t normally attract.
The 247Sports Crystal Ball predictions are split for Maxey: 64 percent to SMU and 36 percent to Kentucky.
5-star power forward Matthew Hurt
Matthew Hurt is a popular man this weekend. Multiple outlets reported that Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski and North Carolina coach Roy Williams made in-home visits Thursday, with Calipari and Kansas coach Bill Self expected Friday.
It doesn’t get more blue blooded than that.
Hurt is the 4th-ranked prospect in the 2019 class and the 2nd-ranked power forward, according to the 247Sports composite. Hurt, from Rochester, Minn., is listed at a lanky 6-foot-9 and 199 pounds.
Kansas has the largest share of Crystal Ball predictions, but his recruitment seems to be just beginning.
5-star small forward Keion Brooks
Kentucky coaches are expected to meet with 5-star small forward Keion Brooks on Friday night, according to the Lexington Herald-Leader.
Brooks, from Fort Wayne, Ind., is the 22nd-ranked prospect in the 2019 class, according to the 247Sports composite. He’s the No. 6 small forward and the No. 1 player in Indiana.
Michigan State and Indiana are the early leaders.