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Tyrese Maxey talks the latest on his reclassification & college decision with Prep Circuit

By Pat Lawless, 05/03/18, 1:45PM EDT


Tyrese Maxey updates his recruitment for Prep Circuit

Tyrese Maxey has become one of the most talked about names in grassroots basketball with all that is surrounding his recruitment and how he is performing on the Nike EYBL circuit. Prior to session 2, Maxey switched from Drive Nation to Houston Hoops. This was an easy adjustment for him as he has played AAU basketball with Houston Hoops teammates Chris Harris Jr. and De’Vion Harmon for quite some time.

“The transition went really well honestly,” said Maxey. “I’ve been playing with some of those guys since sixth grade. Playing with those guys and having the chemistry over the years helped me fit right back in well. We did what we had to do and went 4-0.”

Maxey had his best performance against A.O.T. where he scored 39 points in an overtime victory. He knew he had to step up and score to win this one.

“I just wanted to go in with a mindset to be aggressive from the jump and help my team win games,” he said. “To me it didn’t matter if I helped defensively, assists or points. I felt like in that last game against A.O.T. I needed to step up and have a big performance for us to win and that’s what happened.”

Maxey has two big decisions coming shortly. He will be deciding whether to reclassify to class of 2018 or not and make his college decision.

“As far as me reclassifying or not is starting to come to an end and I’ll have a definite decision on what I want to do soon,” Maxey said. “Recruiting wise I’m taking my time and making sure I make the right decision for me and my family. We have just been discussing it every day going through all of my options.”

He has evaluated what the upside of either staying in the 2019 class or moving up to 2018.

“The positives of going 2018 is possibly reaching your dreams faster and getting to go against the best competition in the world,” said Maxey. “The pros of going 2019 is finishing out my senior year with my friends at school and try and win a state championship for that last ride. Also to do all the fun things you do your senior year with your friends.”

He added that he hasn’t set an exact date yet for either of these decisions. Maxey is heading into the final stretch of his recruitment with five schools in mind.

“I have five schools in Kentucky, Michigan State, Oklahoma State, Michigan and Texas,” Maxey said. “All of the schools I mentioned said they have a scholarship in 2018 and if I decide to go early they’ll be able to take me.”

Maxey recognizes the amount of players Kentucky has sent to the NBA. This is what stands out to him most about the Wildcats.

“Of course Kentucky will always be a great program under Coach John Calipari,” he said. “The history behind it says a lot. Coach Calipari is really good with point guards and he has a good tradition of getting them to the NBA and helping them reach their dreams. That’s one thing that’s very intriguing about Kentucky.”

The Texas Longhorns are attempting to keep him home. Head coach Shaka Smart and assistant coach Jai Lucas have been leading the recruiting effort.

“I love the coaching staff there,” said Maxey. “Coach Shaka Smart and Coach Jai Lucas have been cool with me and we have a pretty good relationship. Staying home and being a kid from Dallas and playing at the University of Texas with the whole state behind me would be nice.”

Michigan State head coach Tom Izzo and their winning tradition makes the Spartans an intriguing option for him.

“Tom Izzo is a legendary coach and he’s really good at winning championships,” he told Prep Circuit. “He’s been to multiple final fours so they have really good tradition there. They also get players to the league.”

Oklahoma State has relayed to Maxey that he will have a lot of responsibility right away if he were to go there.

“Coach Mike Boynton just told me he is going to put the ball in my hands and let me operate to do what I do,” he said. “He wants to help me get to where I want to be as far as the NBA and really just have the offense around me.”

Maxey appreciates Michigan head coach John Beilein’s system and the culture he has built there.

“Coach John Beilein is really good at having space with his offense,” he said. “He lets his guards work and the culture of Michigan is great. He was telling about how Michigan is about more than just playing basketball. He wants me to enjoy my college experience and take in everything that is there.”

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