Shaka Smart has won his fair share of recruiting battles at Texas, but his pursuit of elite South Garland point guard Tyrese Maxey didn’t pay off with a pledge. Rather, John Calipari has nabbed yet another five-star prospect out of Texas, as Maxey announced his commitment to Kentucky on Wednesday, picking the Wildcats over Texas, Michigan, Oklahoma State and Michigan State.
I WILL BE COMMITTING TO......... pic.twitter.com/RMyeEuaZrw— Tyrese Maxey (@TyreseMaxey) May 9, 2018
The top-ranked talent in Texas, per the 247Sports Composite, Maxey has been a key Texas target for quite some time now — the Longhorns were actually among the first to put an offer on the table. Those efforts persisted from that point more than a year ago up until the final weeks of his recruitment, with Smart making a pair of April visits in hopes of a late push.
However, Kentucky has long been considered the overwhelming favorite since Maxey’s unofficial visit for Big Blue Madness netted him an offer, and of course, those many Crystal Ball projections proved true on Wednesday.
With Maxey off the board, Texas will now need to look elsewhere if Smart hopes to add a point guard to his 2019 class, as Maxey was the only prospect with an offer thus far. It is possible, though, that after landing four-star floor general Courtney Ramey late in the 2018 cycle, and considering that Coleman is likely to remain on campus following his sophomore season, that Smart looks to fill his roster on the wing and in the paint for the foreseeable future.
Each of Smart’s first three classes in Austin has finished within the top eight nationally, but thus far, Texas is yet to land a 2019 prospect with Maxey becoming the latest to leave the state.
A 6-foot-3, 185-pound prospect, Maxey is ranked as the nation’s No. 13 player and the No. 2 point guard, per the 247Sports Composite.