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Tyrese Maxey

  • position Guard
  • height 6-3
  • Weight 198
  • class Freshman
  • Hometown Garland, Texas
  • High school South Garland

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Freshman: Selected 21st overall by the Philadelphia 76ers in the 2020 NBA Draft … 2019-20 Southeastern Conference First-Year Academic Honor Roll member … Declared for 2020 NBA Draft following the season … Enjoyed a strong freshman season that included a number of accolades … Named to the All-SEC Second Team (coaches) and to the SEC All-Freshman Team … Three-time SEC Freshman of the Week … Named NCAA March Madness National Player of the Week and U.S. Basketball Writers Association Wayman Tisdale National Freshman of Week following a win over Louisville … Totaled 433 points, 133 rebounds, 98 assists, 27 steals and 12 blocks during his freshman campaign … Led UK’s guards in rebounds and was second on the team in points, 3-point field goals (33), free-throw percentage (.833), steals and assists … Averaged 14.0 points per game and played a team-high 34.5 minutes per game … Posted 22 games in double figures with a team-high three games with 25 or more points … Averaged a team-high 19.0 points per game to go along with 5.3 boards per outing while shooting 43.4% from the field, 37.0% from 3 and 84.4% from the free-throw line in UK’s six games against Associated Press Top 25 foes … Logged 14.4 points per game in true road games … Kentucky was 11-0 when he registered at least four assists … Narrowly missed on becoming the 15th freshman in program history with at least 100 assists … Led the team in scoring in eight games … Had three or more assists in 20 games … Started at point guard and played 39 minutes with seven assists to help the Cats overcome an 18-point second-half deficit at Florida … Recorded 17 points, a career-high tying seven rebounds and four assists in the win over No. 15/15 Auburn to clinch the SEC regular-season championship … Scored 25 points in the road win at Vanderbilt as UK overcame a 15-point deficit … Led a 10-point second-half comeback in the home win over Vanderbilt with a team-high 17 points … Scored 22 points at No. 17/16 Auburn … Shared team-high honors with 17 points and seven rebounds at Georgia while adding career highs with eight assists and four blocked shots … Named Bluegrass Sports Commission MVP against Louisville after scoring a career-high 27 points in the win over the Cardinals … Performance vs. Louisville was the most points scored by a UK player in the series since Jodie Meeks had 28 on Jan. 5, 2009, and marked the most ever by a freshman Wildcats against Louisville … Also drained a career-high-tying four 3-pointers vs. the Cardinals … Recorded 21 points, five rebounds and a career-high four 3-pointers in the win over Lamar … Enjoyed a sensational debut on the national stage in Madison Square Garden with 26 points on 7-of-12 shooting, including a long 3-pointer with just over a minute left, to beat No. 1/1 Michigan State … The 26 points vs. MSU were the most by a UK freshman in a debut in school history … Only Mike Casey, who scored 28 as a sophomore on Dec. 2, 1967, debuted with more to a start to a UK career … His first points in the game came just after the midway point of the first half, but he scored seven straight points to help Kentucky earn an 11-point halftime lead … From the 10:03 mark of the second half until Ashton Hagans hit a pair of free throws with 37 seconds to play, he scored or assists on 14 straight UK points as the Cats fended off Michigan State’s rally.


Kentucky’s top-ranked player in the 2019 class … Tabbed the No. 10 overall prospect by the Recruiting Services Consensus Index … Ranked in the top 15 by the major recruiting services, including 247Sports (No. 10), Rivals (No. 10) and ESPN (No. 13) … 247Sports tabs him as the third-best combo guard in the class … Consensus five-star prospect … Made the Naismith High School Boys’ 2019 All-America Second Team … Averaged 22.2 points, 6.3 rebounds, 3.6 assists and 1.7 steals per game for South Garland … Tabbed Texas Mr. Basketball in 2019 … Also named the Dallas-Fort Worth Area Player of the Year … Two-time All-State selection … Logged 22.5 points, 7.0 rebounds, 3.1 assists and 2.3 steals per game as a junior … Named to the 2018 USA Today All-Texas First Team, the 2018 Texas Association of Basketball Coaches All-State First Team and was crowned the 2018 Dallas Morning News Sports Day Player of the Year as a junior … Also a two-time Texas Association of Basketball Coaches All-Region pick and made the 2018 University Interscholastic League State All-Tournament Team … Won a gold medal as a part of the U18 Team USA … McDonald’s All-American selection … Scored 13 points in that game. 


Born Nov. 4 in Dallas … Major is undeclared/exploratory studies in agriculture … Parents are Denyse and Tyrone Maxey … Has three sisters, Denasia, Talia and Keiara … Father played basketball at Washington State … Graduated in the top 5% of his class … His most memorable moment as a basketball player is going to the state tournament … A definition of a true hero is someone who impacts lives in a positive way … Seen every Marvel movie since 2008 … His father has influenced him most … Chose Kentucky over Texas, Michigan, Michigan State and Oklahoma State.

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