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“It’s a Championship or Bust” for Tyrese Maxey’s Goal at Kentucky


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Winning a Championship is the Goal for Tyrese Maxey at Kentucky

EMERSON, Ga – Tyrese Maxey did his usual thing by dominating the Nike EYBL circuit, but this time around he did it as a member of the Big Blue Nation.


Ranked the No. 13 player and No. 2 point guard in his class, Maxey is averaging 23.8 points and 2.6 steals through twelve games on the Nike circuit this spring Additionally, he’s averaging 4.0 rebounds and 4.1 assists to go along with a 37.7 percent three-point percentage. He has connected on 23-of-61 three-point attempts, including 14-of-30 during session two in Indianapolis.


Related: Look Maxey rocked Kentucky blue at the Nike EYBL


Maxey publicly announced his commitment to Kentucky earlier this week in a video posted to his Twitter account, but he had already committed to John Calipari weeks before.


“It was late, probably around 9:30. You know he’s old, so he goes to sleep early,” Maxey said with a laugh. “He called me early in the morning around seven o’clock and we talked while I was at school for a brief minute. He was excited and so was I.”


For weeks, there was speculation that Maxey would commit to Kentucky and reclassify to 2018. However, he stands firm that he will most likely remain in his original class, but will do so with the intent to recruit more top players to join him in Lexington.


“I’m staying. That’s what I feel and that’s where my heart is. It was tough. It was just an honor of course to even be recognized and he recognized my talents for me to move up, but you know, I think I’m going to stay where I am.”


Related: James Wiseman is hearing from Maxey about Kentucky


As for who he’s recruiting to join him at Kentucky, James Wiseman is at the top of the list, along with Vernon Carey and Cole Anthony.


“Of course James, that’s big time. He’s tough. He’s really tough. “Everybody would love to play with James. I mean that’s just a great asset. He’s huge. You know, he’s not selfish. He’s really good. He rebounds for you, blocks shots, and that’s always one person that I’ve always wanted to play for. I’ve not really got the chance to play with a seven foot big, so that’s just something that I think would be exciting.


“Me and D.J. (Jeffries) are just trying to build a relationship with these guys and just try to start something special at Kentucky.”


Maxey didn’t mention him during the interview, but five-star forward Keion Brooks told Go Big Blue Country on Saturday that Maxey is already on him about coming to Kentucky. Brooks picked up an offer from Kentucky last year and the Wildcats have picked up the pace in his recruitment, comparing his skillset to former Wildcat Kevin Knox.


“Every time he (Maxey) see’s me he says BBN or he’ll text me and say I’m next,” said Brooks. “Tyrese is doing a hell of a job recruiting me.”


Related: Maxey is “doing a hell of a job” recruiting Keion Brooks to Kentucky


With the addition of Maxey, Kentucky has picked up three commitments from Houston Hoops since 2015, the AAU club that Maxey plays for. Maxey joins former Wildcat De’Aaron Fox and current Kentucky forward Jarred Vanderbilt, who has spoken with Maxey about coming to Kentucky.


“I talk to him (Vanderbilt) a little bit. He’s just telling me that he likes it up there and it’s the best situation.”


Maxey understands the goal at Kentucky and he’s not shying away from it.


“Win a championship,” said Maxey about the goal at Kentucky. “It’s a championship or bust. Honestly, that’s the only thing I have and you know, just get better every day. Try to progress and try to get to the NBA Draft.”


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Shawn Smith

Shawn Smith is a graduate of Lincoln Memorial University, where he earned a degree in elementary education. He currently resides in Middlesboro, Kentucky and is a credentialed media member at the University of Kentucky. Smith founded and published Go Big Blue Country in November 2016. You can follow him on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram @gbbcountry or reach him via email at

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