Kentucky freshman guard Tyrese Maxey told ESPN this morning and announced via Twitter that he is entering the NBA Draft, becoming the newest of the one-and-done’s that UK Head Coach John Calipari has produced. This decision comes a day after UK sophomore point guard Ashton Hagans announced he is declaring for the draft himself.
Just like his teammate Ashton Hagans, Maxey expressed in his press release on Twitter the love he has for the Kentucky program.
“This year getting to rep Kentucky across my chest was everything I could have imagined,” Maxey said. “I got to play for a Hall of Famer (UK Head Coach John Calipari), be pushed every day by the best coaches in the country, compete alongside great teammates and work with a support staff that is the gold standard — just like Coach Cal promised.”
Maxey, also like Hagans, expressed his dream of playing professionally in the NBA in his press release on Twitter.
“My dream has always been to play in the NBA and I know I’m prepared for this because I’m Wildcat made,” Maxey said.
After the announcement this morning, UK Head Coach John Calipari expressed his confidence in the now one-and-done on Twitter.
“He (Maxey) met every challenge and became one of the best guards in the country,” Calipari said. “He’s going to do great in that league (NBA) because there’s nothing he can’t do.”
In a season earning him a spot on the All-SEC Second Team in the end, Maxey averaged 14.0 points per game, 4.3 rebounds per game and 3.2 assists per game. He also shot 42.7% overall from the field.
Two of the five players UK Head Coach John Calipari predicted from his team would enter the NBA Draft have now done so, with more decisions to come.