With College Basketball opening week officially here, it's our first chance to finally get a look at some of the most "hyped" collegiate prospects across the nation. In case you missed it last night, a talented prospect gained the attention of draft fans on the biggest stage. Kentucky's Tyrese Maxey has been a popular name to look out for and he demonstrated that against the #1 team in the nation last night. This obviously won't be the last time we take a look at the talented Wildcat guard, but let's break down the film from last night.
- An early look at the measurables and you get an idea of the type of guard that Maxey will need to be at the next level. He's a bit undersized for a two but has lightning quickness and can score in a hurry. More on that below...but it's also been reported that Maxey has a wingspan around 6'6" which is a promising development.
VS #1 MICHIGAN STATE 11.05.19
QUICKNESS & FIRST STEP
- Right off of the bat we get our first look at what makes Tyrese Maxey such an intriguing prospect moving forward. Throughout the game, Dick Vitale repeatedly stated how he believed that Maxey had the potential to lead Kentucky in scoring this year, and this type of aggressiveness solidifies that point. Maxey uses a couple of off-ball screens to get open and does a good job of changing speeds to set up the defender. Once Maxey gains possession, he surveys the floor and then attacks off of the bounce. Two strong dribbles and an explosive leap while showing some nice touch for the easy two.
- I love this play here from Maxey because it shows immediate confidence in his game. Remember, this is his first collegiate experience playing live at Madison Square Garden. Long rebound here by Kentucky and they are off to the races. Notice how Maxey correctly fills his lane then drifts towards the ball ready to launch. Wet.
- I can already hear basketball coaches watching this clip getting ready to argue about the shot selection here and listen...I get it and I'll allow you to question it. But let's look at the more impressive abilities here. Notice the change of gears and the explosive first step that Maxey has in his arsenal at any moment. Michigan State looks to be in a position to stop this transition but Maxey has other plans in mind. Tough shot.
- Previously, I stated how Maxey is a bit undersized for a two at the next level at only 6'3". This is a good clip to counter that point. Notice how quickly Tyrese gets downhill after the initial on-ball screen here. The next line of defense is the Michigan State big and Maxey goes right after him and does a great job of adjusting in mid-air for a tough bucket.
- GO GET IT YOUNG FELLA. You'll hear us bring it up time and time again when we scout young prospects throughout the draft classes...Can a player take over when his team needs a bucket? Tyrese Maxey does just that here. Notice Michigan State puts a bigger defender in Aaron Henry on Maxey to disrupt his driving ability. It does the trick. Maxey then takes a moment to gather himself and then decides to pull from DEEP.
So far so good for the hyped Kentucky Wildcat freshman. Moving forward there's going to be plenty of eyes on not only Tyrese Maxey, but this talented backcourt that the Kentucky Wildcats will be rolling out each and every night. Maxey looks to be a good bet to lead this Kentucky team in scoring, and his explosive scoring ability should have NBA teams drooling as the year goes by.