INDIANAPOLIS — Tyrese Maxey’s big reclassification decision is coming soon, and the 5-star Class of 2019 point guard might’ve scooped himself on Friday night after a game here on the Nike AAU circuit.
He’s been talking to Kentucky commit Ashton Hagans — ranked No. 1 at the same position nationally, ahead of Maxey at No. 2 — about the possibility of both moving up a class and playing together this fall in Lexington. And how serious is that possibility?
“We call ourselves The Duo,” he said, pausing a beat before correction himself: “A possible duo. I’m sorry. Trying not to laugh.”
But he couldn’t help himself. He grinned as if he’d just let the cat out of the bag. That he’s leaning heavily toward picking the Wildcats is no surprise. He’s long raved about UK and its point guard whisperer of a head coach, John Calipari.
That he really might move up to the Class of 2018 and join an absolutely loaded backcourt in Lexington is an eyebrow-raiser, to say the least. If Hagans and Maxey both reclassify and join forces, Kentucky would have four former 5-star point guards on the roster; 2018 signee Immanuel Quickley and rising sophomore Quade Green are the others.
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Green, in a bit of a surprise, decided last week not to transfer out of a crowded backcourt that might soon get even more stacked. Green’s decision didn’t deter Maxey, however.
“No, sir. Coach Cal is really good at playing multiple guards at multiple positions,” he said. “That’s what he does.”
Big Blue Nation won’t likely have to wait long to find out what Maxey plans to do. The reclassification decision is right around the corner.
“I think I’ll be able to figure that out in a week or so. Probably next week, I’ll be able to come to a conclusion what I’m going to do,” he said. “Academically I’m fine. I take my classes, I’m a pretty good student, so I’m actually in a pretty good place for that. But I just want to see what’s best for my family and best for my future. I’m ready to get that decision made.”
He’s also considering Texas (his home-state school), Michigan, Michigan State and Oklahoma State. Each of those programs has told Maxey they have an available scholarship if he wants to come this fall, he said.
Calipari, who clearly wants an embarrassment of riches in his backcourt for the 2018-19 season, has continued to discuss reclassification in their regular conversations. He isn’t pressuring Maxey to make the move, though.
“He just tells me it doesn’t matter what class I come in,” the 6-foot-3 playmaker said. “He’ll take me in either one. He just said it’s up to me.”